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Will of Thomas Higgins
In the name of God Amen. As the All mighty God out of his unbounded wisdom has thought proper to lay me under his afflicting hand and the place that knows me now may shortly know me hensforth no more for ever This is to whome it may concern that all my property I dos leave to my wife I take Mr. John Spencer of Fortune as my trustee in this matter after my wifes death Grace Percey is to have the sole property when she arrives to the age of maturity to doe for herself if in case of her death before she arive to that age the sole property falls in to the hands of Mr. John Spencer Junr of Fortune his family to Witness my hand this 11 day of March 1851. Thomas his X mark Higgins. I do further will that the person Mr. Spencer or his family who keeps my wife after my death, shall have one half of the property which I leave notwithstanding anything that may be herein inferred to the contrary. Thomas his X mark Higgins. Witness, George Hunt, Thomas Hickman, Edward Penny.
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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