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Will of Edward Hopkins
In re Edward Hopkins deceased
In the name of God Amen. I Edward Hopkins of Hearts Content Trinity Bay Newfoundland Planter being advanced in years, deem it expedient, that I should while possessing sound mind and memory, make this my last will and testament touching such wordly goods as has pleased God to help me with. I therefore bequeath and dispose of the same as follows. To wit
First; That from my estate all my lawful debts be paid by my Executor
Second- To my daughter Catherine Ollerhead of Hearts Content I give all and singular that portion of my property which she now occupies -with all its appurtenances- which I formally gave her by word of mouth -
Third- All and Singular my land houses all goods, chattels and effects of every description-and wheresoever to be found-being the residue of the above bequest to my daughter Catherine Ollerhead and of land sold by me to Anglo-American Telegraph Company and to Tillard Brothers of Hearts Content. I will and bequeath to my daughter Phebe Moore-after the death of my wife-she having to assist to support her mother my said wife during her natural life-and give her body decent Christian burial
Fourthly-I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and anull all and every other former will Testament and bequest by me before made-And declare this only to be my last Will and Testament and I nominate and appoint John P. Tillard Esquire my Executor to this my last Will and Testament-In witness to which. I hereby subscribe my hand and seal declaring this to be my last will and testament this second day of August one thousand eight hundred and eighty one. Edward Hopkins X his mark Signed Sealed Published and declared by said Edward Hopkins to be his last Will and Testament it being first read to him in our presence who signed the same in his presence and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses- George Young G. W. R. Hierhily (?) Commissioner Supreme Court.
Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Edward Hopkins of
Hearts Content Newfoundland have made and declared my last Will and
Testament in writing bearing date the Second day of August one thousand
eight hundred and eighty one on the other side written-I the said Edward
Hopkins by this present codicil do ratify and confirm my said
last Will and Testament and do further give and bequeath to the children
of my daughter Phoebe Moore if she my said daughter die before
me-all and singular the lands goods and chattels which I have given
and bequeathed to her my said daughter Phoebe-I make this
codicil to prevent disputes after my death and hers-My will and memory
is that this codicil be adjudged to be part of my said Will and Testament
and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully
and truly performed and as fully and amply as if the same were so
declared and set forth in my last Will and Testament witness my hand
and seal this twenty fifth day of September one thousand eight hundred
and eighty four Edward Hopkins X his mark.
Correct William F. Lloyd
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
|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.
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