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Will of Richard Hodder
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Hodder of Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland cooper, being now infirm of body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament,
First I give and bequeath to my wife Rebecca Hodder for her use and support and for her maintenance as long as she remains a widow all my land (except the garden situated in Robins Cove known as Robins Cove Garden) houses, stores, household furniture, cattle, tools & utensils and schooner Bloomer and after the decease of my wife I give the said property to my children James, Susan, Richard and Walter, share and share alike, and if my wife cease to be a widow and marries, I revoke the foregoing and give and bequeath the whole of the property before mentioned to my four children share and share alike.
Secondly, After the decease of my wife Rebecca Hodder I give and bequeath to my son James the Robins Cove garden for ever.
Thirdly, I wish and desire the schooner Bloomer to be sold and the proceeds placed in the Commercial Bank the interest of it to be paid to my wife as long as she remains a widow the principal not to be drawn without the consent of both the executors. Lastly I appoint William Lethbridge and John Peyton of Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland to be executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Richard Hodder have hereunto set my hand and seal at Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland this eighth day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.
Richard Hodder (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our hands as witnesses to the last will and testament of the said testator, the same having first been read over and explained to the said Richard Hodder,
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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