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Will of Peter Jackman
In the name of God Amen. August 4th 1856. I, Peter Jackman of Belle Isle Conception Bay, Farmer, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God; therefore calling to mind the mortality of the body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors; nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God, And as touching such worldly property wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: First I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Alice Jackman one cow, on conditions that she will pay ten shillings for two Masses one for her mother Mary Jackman and one for her brother John Jackman and two Masses more for her husband & son. Likewise I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Catharine Jackman one cow on conditions that she will pay ten shillings for two Masses one for John Jackman her brother & one for her grandmother Alice Neill Likewise I give and bequeath to my beloved son Mathew Jackman one piece of land to the south of the Cow house up to Edwards Bennetts fence And he is to pay twenty shillings for 4 Masses for myself the afforesaid Peter Jackman and his mother Mary Jackman and the money to be given to the Revd Father O'Connor according as the Masses are said. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved son Peter Jackman all the rest of my property, household goods and furniture by him freely to be possessed and enjoyed. In witness wherefore I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 4th day of August 1866.
Peter his X mark Jackman (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced & declared by the said Peter Jackman as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, Wm. Harvey, John Kehoe.
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.
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