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Will of James Howell Senior
I James Howell the Elder, being in health of body and soundness of mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say, Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my four grandsons, the sons of John, viz Benjamin, Robert, James and Richard, the moiety or half part of my dwelling house and furniture together with the half of all the land left to me by my father where I now live, on the north side of the Town of Carbonear, and which I have used occupied and possessed for the last forty years or thereabout as my own; and the half part of any other property that I may be possessed of at the time of my decease, of what description soever it may be, including half the rents arising from the house and land occupied by Edmond Phelan and from the house and land occupied by John Murphy as well as any other rent that may accrue from any other part of my land or fishing room And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son John to be sole Guardian to my said grandsons to receive the rents and do whatsoever he may deem to be for their interest and advantage in the premises. And further it is my wish that my son John as Guardian to his children shall have the choice of the east or west half of my said dwelling house and half the furniture, together with half of the land, fishing room &c. as the same shall be divided into two parts of equal value by my executors.
|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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)
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