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Will of Rev. George Harrington
I George Harrington, Preacher of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ in connexion with the Congregational Church of Newfoundland and a native of Ireland, being now in or about sixty four years of age in perfect health and strength but knowing that the date of man’s death is uncertain as to the day, year or month, or the time when it may please God to call him out of this life, therefore I make this memorandum or will or testament in the name of God, having His fear and love before my eyes. I first bequeath my soul to God and my body after my decease to the grave or dust out of which it was made, but in the sure hope of a glorious resurrection again at the time appointed by God- I further bequeath all my landed property containing about one hundred acres be the same more or less at Random Island in Smiths Sound, Trinity Bay Newfoundland, in trust to the Rev. Thomas Hall of St. John’s Congregational Minister for the sole use and purpose for mentaining as Minister of the Congregational Church at Random Island Smith Sound Trinity bay I also bequeath my dwelling house furniture and all my goods and chattels and all I am at present or may be possessed of at the time of my death in trust to the said Reverend Thomas Hall Congregational Minister for the sole use and purpose of maintaining and supporting a Congregational Minister (as aforesaid) at Random Island, Smith Sound, for the purpose of ministering and preaching the Gospel of Christ to the people at Random Island, Smith Sound, and the people residing in the different Coves, Harbours, Woods and Shores of that large District, But I strictly desire that none else but a Congregational Minister receive any support or aid out of this my bequest, and above all I desire that on no account a Methodist Minister or any one known as a Methodist Minister or preacher shall be tolerated maintained or receive any aid or support out of this my bequest and I further desire that after defraying the expenses of my burial that the Revd Thomas Hall would consider the woman in whose charge my good chattles were found and give her an adequate remuneration for all the trouble taken about me and my concerns. And also I request the Rev. Thomas Hall to see that a suitable Congregational Minister shall be provided for the place as soon as possible after my death so that the Poor of Smiths Sound shall have to Gospel news.
And I further appoint the said Reverend Thomas Hall Congregational Minister as my sole executor and administrator to carry out this my will and testament- And In order to guide him in this I beg to tell that I am free from debt, but alone my current account at Jobs Brothers, I owe no money to the Curries or to any one else in this neighbourhood or elsewhere. I also bequeath in trust to the said Rev Thomas Hall my house and premises at Burgoynes Cove Trinity Bay for the sole use and benefit of supporting a Congregational Minister as aforesaid, and I further saith not- Dated at Random Island Smith Sound Newfoundland this twenty sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four. 1874.
George Harrington, Preacher of the Gospel- Seal (LS) The deeds of my house and property are to be found in my tin case four in number, G.H.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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