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Will of Frank Harris
In the name of God Amen the 5th day of November one thousand nine hundred and fourteene I Frank Harris of New Chelsea Newfoundland Fisherman being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting: but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I demise and dispose of the same in following manner and form:-
First I give and bequeath to my onley beloved son Alfred
Frank Harris my
earthley estate that I know hold and possess That is to say all the land
that I know own and occupies cleared and uncleared my dwelling house and
all house holde effects excepting one bed the one bed to be to my beloved
daughter Hannah Pynn the stable shop and all out Houses together with horses
carts and harnesses is to be my beloved son Alfred Frank Harris also my
carrige of which my daughter Hannah Pynn is to own one half of it and my
sone Alfred Frank Harris the other half and if the carig is to be sold
Hannah Pynn is to have one half of the money realized and Alfred
Frank Harris is to have one half that is to be eaqulay diviged and my daughter
Hannah Pynn is to have the use of the carrag when ever she needs it and
all my Fishing Property that is to say two Cod Traps and theire outfit
and Trap Boat all of which is to be my sons Alfred Frank Harris and he
is to support his mother my wife and keepe a comfortable home for her and
well care for her as long as she lives or rems a widdow and also my beloved
daughter Clarer if she looses her Health and Have to return home she is to
live in my dwelling House as long as she lives and remains unmarried also
if my son Alfred Frank Harris don’t treat his Mothe and sister Clarer in
the way that I have mentioned in this my last will and testament He will forfit
all Legal Claim to my Property and if He is to forfit his claim the whole of
my Property will be equally divided between my two daughters Hanah
(Listed in the margin of this will)
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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