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Will of Richard Hatch Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Hatch of Red Head Cove in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being aged and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament- First of all I give and commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commend to the earth to receive at the discretion of my executors decent Christian burial being assured that I shall receive the same again at the last day by the mighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate that it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me in this life I give and bequeath the same in the following manner and form
First That for and in consideration of love and affection I have and do bear towards my beloved wife Sarah Hatch I give and bequeath unto her my dwelling house lands that I have in my possession and also all the cattle that may be belonging to me at my decease and to be hers during the term of her natural life- She is to live with my son Dennis Hatch and he is to have the care and guardianship of her until the end of her life
Secondly. That in and for the affection I have for my beloved son John Hatch I give and bequeath unto him the dwelling house and that portion of land and fishing room he now occupieth to be his and his heirs and successors in the male line lawfully born forever
Thirdly- That for the love I have for my beloved son Richard Hatch I give and bequeath unto him the dwelling house and that portion of fishing stage viz one third on the side westward together with the portion of flake room he now occupieth to be his and his heirs and successors in the male line lawfully born for ever
Fourthly- That for the Love I do bear toward my beloved son William Hatch I give and bequeath unto him the dwelling house he now occupieth and that portion of the land and fishing room now in his possession to be his and his heirs and successors in the male line lawfully born forever
Fifthly- I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Dennis Hatch the dwelling house I now occupieth together with all my household furniture and utensils and that portion of land I now occupieth and also the portion of my fishing room he now occupieth and the land wash flake the Liver House and the one half of my large boat known by the name of John Brown, and also all my cattle, and to become his immediately after the death of my beloved wife Sarah Hatch and to continue to be his and his heirs and successors in the male line lawfully born forever.
Sixthly To my beloved grandson Richard son of Dennis Hatch I give unto him my bed and bedding ??? and wearing apparel and which shall become his immediately after the decease of my beloved wife Sarah Hatch.
Seventhly I further pronounce and declare that this paid Plantation shall never be sold, exchanged or mortgaged for any debt or debts here after contracted by any or either of my forenamed sons or their heirs, but to remain an inheritance of the Hatch family in the male line lawfully born forever.
Eighthly- I also constitute and declare the said Dennis Hatch and Richard Hatch as my two executors revoking all other wills, legacies and bequests formerly made, and declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14 day of Sept one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven. Richard his X mark Hatch (LS) Signed sealed and published and declared in the presence of us (the aeration in the 14th line on second page being first made) William Thomas Avery X Thomas Hyde Sr. X
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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