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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Mary Hedderson
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 101 & 102 probate year 1830.
Mary Hedderson deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Hedderson of Turks Gut in Conception Bay Newfoundland Widdow do make this as my last will and testament in the manner follaing, that is to say
First I give and bequeath to my son Thomas my premises in Harbour Grace Consisting of two houses & stores with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to be his and his heirs & assigns for ever; and he my son Thomas is to give my daughter Mary £2 a year from the same during her natural life and as Charles Gurni of Beears Cove is in debt to me £13 for a piece of ground and fishing room & Gardens sold him I give and bequeath said 13 to my children to be equally divided among them
I give to my grand son Thomas son of my son Thomas my feather bed and bedding
I give to the to sons of my son James my three Silver Spoons.
All the rest of my property after my just debt is paid and funeral expense set and and my testaments expences paid also I give to my son Thomas whom I appoint the sole executor of this my last will and testament
in witness whereof I the aforesaid Mary Hedderson set to my hand and seal this 8th day of May 1829, Mary Hedderson her x mark in the presence of us Ambrose Sparks his x mark. Solomon Shears his x mark.
D. M. Browning
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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