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Will of John Hedges
In the name of God Amen. This the last will and testament of me John Hedges of Carbonear Agent being of sound mind and good understanding do give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Hedges the dwelling house effects and land I now occupy. I farther bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Hedges all money due me in the hands of the Hon John Rorke Merchant Carbonear and do hereby testify this my last will and testament this the seventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and eighty six I appoint Mr. Edward S. Pike and Robt Penney as execator to this my last will and testament. John his X mark Hedges. Signed in the presence of Edward S. Pike, William his X mark Pike, date as above.
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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