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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Jacobs
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 19 probate year 1866
Thomas Jacobs deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Jacobs of Twillingate in the Northern District of Newfoundland Planter- After payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses First I give devise and bequeath unto my dear children and to their children for ever all my right title and interest in my fishing room situate at Harts Cove Twillingate comprising of stage flakes dwelling house outhouses gardens and lands together with my household furniture beds and bedding and every thing I possess at the time of my decease.
Secondly It is my wish that my beloved wife Caroline Jacobs is to enjoy a equal right to the above bequeath with my dear children to take care of them during her natural life should she contract marriage or leave the premises to reside elsewhere then all her interest in the aforementioned device and bequeath to cease-
Thirdly It is further my wish that all my loose property comprising of seine nets fishing skiffs lines and twines chain &c. to be sold and the money realised for the future support of my dear children and wife
Fourthly As I have two hundred pounds currency in my possession it is my wish that my executors shall invest the whole in the Union Bank at Saint John's in the names of my dear children, should they require any of the above amount before they come of age (twenty one) the executors will draw from the said Union Bank any sum that may be required for their support.
Fifthly I have also about forty pounds currency in the hands of Mr. William Byrne, it is my wish that the said sum of forty pounds be drawn from Mr. Byrne by my executors after my decease for the support and benefit of my dear wife and children.
Lastly I hereby nominate constitute and appoint Mr. Joseph Munden and Mr. Peter Samways executors to this my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark and seal this twenty third day of March one thousand and eight hundred and sixty six.
Thomas his X mark Jacobs (LS)
Published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the said Thomas Jacobs the same having been first read over and fully explained to him who seemed perfectly to understand the same and made and set his mark thereto in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Joseph Munden, Sail maker. - John Sknner, fisherman.
D. M. Browning
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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