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Will of Nicholas Gill Harris
This is the last will and testament of Nicholas G. Harris of St. John’s, Sailmaker. In the first place I appoint Charles Crowdy Esquire, M.D., the executor of this my last will and Trustee for carrying out the devises and bequests thereof.
Secondly- I devise and bequeath to my said executor all the landed property of which I may die possessed or in which I may be interested at the time of my death- upon trust to apply the same for the use and benefit of my dearly beloved wife Mary Ann Harris in such manner as she may direct and consider best for her support during the term of her natural life.
Thirdly After the death of the said Mary Ann Harris I give devise and bequeath lot numbered one on the plan hereto annexed being part of the property derived by me from my mother unto the Lord bishop of Newfoundland for the time being and his successors in office To have and to hold unto them for the use of the Established Church of England in this colony for ever.
Fourthly After the death of the said Mary Ann Harris I give devise and bequeath Lot numbered two on the said plan being part of the property derived by me from my mother and abutting on the old road to Quidi Vidi unto my said executor for the use benefit and support of my sister Hannah Carnell during her life free from the control of any husband she may have and after her death to be equally divided amongst such of her children as may then be living.
Fifthly. I bequeath all monies I may have at my death all debts that may be due to me and all other moveable and personal property unto my said wife Mary Ann Harris absolutely subject in the first place to the payment of my just debts. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand at St. John’s the fifth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.
Nicholas G. Harris. Signed by the said testator as his last will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Robert J Pinsent, J., Prescott H. Emerson.
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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