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Will of Robert Humphries
In the name of God Amen. I Robert Humphries of Greenspond in the Island of Newfoundland, Cooper, being at this present time of sound mind memory and understanding, but calling to mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last will and testament in form and manner following that is to say,
First, I desire my body to be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan Humphries the house in which I now reside with outhouses, gardens and all land thereto annexed belonging to me, bounded on the north east by the property of George Skelton M.D. on the south east by property of White’s and Caines on the south west by property of John S. Lockyer and George Wright and on the North West by property of William Lovelace. I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan Humphries all that premises including stores shop stage and dwelling house formerly occupied by my late son George Humphries now in the occupancy of Alexander McMillen, also the dwelling house, outhouses, with all gardens and land thereto annexed now occupied by Ann Humphries widow of late George Humphries the aforesaid premises being bounded as follows, on the north by the main road leading through the town, on the east by property occupied by Thomas Burry, on the south east and south west by the salt water, and on the north west by property lately occupied by John S. Lockyer, now part in the occupancy of Alexander McMillan and part in the occupancy of Abraham Anthony and belonging to the late George Humphries estate.
I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan Humphries all monies I may have in England, either in the hands of Messrs. Joseph Gundry & Co. Merchants of Bridport or in the hands of any other person or persons in England aforesaid, as also whatever other property I may be possessed of in the world as wearing apparel, household furniture &c. &c. to have and enjoy the whole of the aforesaid property and money during her natural life and that after the decease of the aforesaid Susan Humphries my beloved wife the whole of the beforenamed landed property, with all erections thereon, household furniture &c. and monies to become the property of my three grandsons Robert Humphries, William Humphries and Thomas Carter Humphries or their heirs absolutely each of them to have and enjoy an equal share-
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan Humphries all monies that I have by me in the house in which I now reside to be at her Susan Humphries’ sole disposal and to do with it ever she may think proper-
Fourthly and I do hereby ordain nominate constitute and appoint my friends George Skelton M.D. and John B. Lockyer Accountant to be my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills, testaments, legacies by me made and bequeathed. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal on this seventh day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy three.
Robert his X mark Humphries (LS) The foregoing after being first read over and explained to the said testator Robert Humphries was signed sealed published and declared by him as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our hands as witnesses thereto,
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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