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Part 1 contributed & transcribed by Bonnie Hickey
Will of Henry HITCHCOCK, Old Perlican, 1805
Note: Susannah Hitchcock to Sarah Cross - Copy of a Deed is also attached
To the best of my knowledge, Henry Hitchcock and wife Susanna (nee TAVERNER) did not have children. The day after Henry's will was probated in 1829, his widow Susanna Hitchcock officially gave her furnished house and property in Trinity to her neice Sarah CROSS, wife of William Davis Cross, under the condition "that the said Susannah Hitchcock do reserve the free right and liberty of making use of the said goods and household furniture and of dwelling and residing in the said house and garden so long as I may live and that the said Sarah Cross do allow her Sister Susan LANDER Wife of John Lander both now residing in Poole to occupy and live in one half of the aforesaid dwelling house should the said Susan Lander come out to reside in Trinity."
Henry Hitchcock - Copy of his Will
In the name of God Amen the Tenth day of October and in the year of our lord One thousand eight hundred and five I Henry Hitchcock now residing in the Harbor of Old Perlican Trinity Bay Newfoundland calling to mind the mortality of my body but at present in perfect helth mind [sic] and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of all mighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but that at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: I give and bequeath to Susanna my dearly beloved Wife whom I constitute make and ordain my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament all and singular my Money and property wherever it may be or whose hands it may be in by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any way before named willed and bequests ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
Signed sealed Published Pronounced and declared by the said Henry Hitchcock as his last Will and Testament in the Presents of us the Subscribers
I hereby Certify that the execution of the foregoing Will by Henry Hitchcock party thereto was proved before me in common form by the Oath of Susanna Hitchcock the sole Executrix on the Twenty sixth day of August one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine, and that the foregoing pages two hundred and twenty two and twenty three contain a true and correct Copy thereof and which is hereby actually Registered by me this day.
Given under my hand at the Registrar of Deeds Office Harbor Grace Newfoundland this Twenty first day of October in the year One thousand eight hundred and twenty nine 1829.
Susannah Hitchcock to Sarah Cross - Copy of a Deed
To all people to whom these presents shall come, I Susannah Hitchcock do send greeting. Know ye that I the said Susannah Hitchcock of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Widow for and in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards my loving Niece Sarah Cross Wife of William Davis Cross both now residing and living in my House in Trinity have given and granted and by these Presents do freely give and grant unto the said Sarah Cross her heirs executors or administrators all and singular my goods and household furniture now in my present dwelling house together with all my said dwelling House and Gardens in Trinity aforesaid To have and to hold all the said goods and household furniture and dwelling house and gardens to her the said Sarah Cross her heirs executors or administrators from henceforth as her and their proper goods and household furniture and dwelling house and gardens absolutely without any manner of condition save only the following, namely, that I the said Susannah Hitchcock do reserve to myself the free right and liberty of making use of the said goods and household furniture and of dwelling and residing in the said house and garden so long as I may live and that the said Sarah Cross do allow her Sister Susan Lander Wife of John Lander both now residing on Poole to occupy and live in one half of the aforesaid dwelling house and gardens should the said Susan Lander come out to reside in Trinity and so long as she the said Susan Lander may live in Trinity and no longer.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
I hereby certify that the execution of the Instrument of which the foregoing page two hundred and twenty four contains a true and correct Copy was acknowledged before me by Susanna Hitchcock the party thereto on the Twenty sixth day of August at thirty minutes after Six Oclock on the afternoon in the year One thousand eight hundred and twenty nine, and the same is hereby actually Registered by me this day.
Given under my hand at the Registrar of Deeds Office Harbor Grace Newfoundland this Twenty second day of October one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine 1829.
Source: Registry of Deeds and Companies, St. John's, NF. Northern District Records 1828-1888, Vol. 2, Pages 224-5.
Part 2 contributed by Judy Benson
Will of Henry Hitchcock
In the name of God Amen. the tenth day of October and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five I Henry Hitchcock now residing in the harbour of Old Perlican Trinity Bay Newfoundland calling unto mind the mortality of my body but at present in perfect helth mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it and my body I Recommend to the earth to be buried in Decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors Nothing Doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless with in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
|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.
Part 1 - Contributed & transcribed by Bonnie Hickey
Part 2 - Contributed by Judy Benson
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 21, 2002)
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