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Will of Richard Holden
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Holden of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eliza Holden all my real and personal estate of every description and all the rents profits and issues arising or accruing out of my property situate at Harbor Grace in the Island aforesaid being my share of the property known as Pynns Estate to have and to hold the same during the term of her natural life and after the death of my said wife Eliza the same to be equally divided among my four children viz Robert Reed Holden Michael Bulger Holden Annie Kate Canning and Peter Gordon Holden share and share alike to have and to hold the same unto them and each of them their heirs executors administrators and assigns forever Provided always that the share hereby bequeathed unto the said Annie Kate Canning shall not at any time be subject to the debts or control in any way of her present or any future husband I also give and bequeath after the death of my said wife Eliza to my grand son Richard Samuel Canning son of my daughter Annie my gold watch. And I hereby nominate and appoint Richard Bulger Holden of Saint John’s aforesaid Notary Public sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke all previous wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John’s in the Island aforesaid this eighteenth day of October Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.
R. Holden. Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Richard Holden the testator in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses, W.A. Barnes, C. Parsons.
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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