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Will of William Hiscock
In the name of God Amen. I William Hiscock of the South West Arm of Trinity in the Northern District of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind and disposing memory, blessed be God for all his mercies being mindful of my end do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills made by me or pretended to having been made by me.
First, I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God humbly beseeching him to deal mercifully with it through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ.
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my grandson William Hiscock son of my son Abel Hiscock all my Plantation fishing room house gardens and all the erections thereon for his life, and if my said grandson should die without issue lawfully begotten the said property is to revert to my two grandsons Nathaniel and William Morris sons of my daughter Maria with a proviso that my son Abel is to have the use of the said premises as long as he may wish to occupy them-
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my grandson aforesaid my watch and two feather beds and all the bedding belonging to them-
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son Abel all the cattle fishing gear tools and other things useful about a fishing room-
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to Mary Ann Hiscock wife of my son Abel a clock.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my grandsons Nathaniel and William Morris to Nathaniel a gun and a chest of drawers and to William one feather bed and one watch.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my grandson Jacob Morris my second best table a set of fire irons and a fender.
Eightly, I give and bequeath to my grandson Charles Morris a table and a trunk.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Maria Morris my best looking glass and best wash stand.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Priscilla Dougherty one dressing table six silver teaspoons and a coffee pot. It is my will and desire that none of these bequests are to take place until the decease of my wife Rebecca Hiscock. I will and bequeath to my grandson William Hiscock son of Abel one hundred pounds and to my son Abel one hundred pounds and to my daughters Maria and Priscilla one hundred each, after the death of my wife Rebecca Hiscock, she my said wife Rebecca Hiscock to have the interest of the said Four hundred pounds as long as she lives, and if the said interest is not sufficient to keep her she is at liberty to take part of the two hundred pounds left to my grandson William and to my son Abel and not out of the two hundred left to the "girls" that is my daughters Maria & Priscilla. I give and bequeath my residuary estate to my son Abel and my daughters Maria and Priscilla. And lastly I hereby appoint my wife Rebecca Hiscock to be my executrix to this my last will and testament and after the death of my said wife Rebecca I appoint my daughter Maria Morris to be executrix to this my said will to see it properly carried out.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my signature in Trinity this fifth day of May A.D. 1868. William his X mark Hiscock. Signed & delivered in presence of (being first read over and explained) B. Sweetland, J.P. John White.
It is my desire that Mary Ann Hiscock wife of my son Abel shall remain on the Room as long as she bears the name of Hiscock, but if she married after the death of my son Abel she must leave it. William his X mark Hiscock. Witness, B. Sweetland, John White.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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