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Part 1 - Contributed by Susan Snelgrove
Will of Francis Jeffers
WILL OF FRANCIS JEFFERS OF FRESHWATER - 1861
In the name of God Amen. I FRANCIS JEFFERS of Fresh Water in Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being at present confined to my bed in an ill of health but of sound mind and memory and know and ordain this my last Will and Testament, and first it shall please God to call me from this Vale of tears, bequeath my soul into the hands of my merciful God created and redeemed it and my body I deliver to the ? be therein decently interred in the humble hope of the resurrection to eternal life at the last day by the almighty power of my Glorious Redeemer Jesus Christ my ? in whom I believe, whom I love, and will forever adore. And as for the temporal goods which has pleased God to commit to my charge, I leave and bequeath to my ? SAMUEL JEFFERS all that Fishing Room and plantation now in my possession jointly with my Brother ? (perhaps starts with "J") JEFFERS situate in Fresh Water bounded on the East by WILLIAM DAVIS, on the West by JONATHON MOORS, on the North by the Woods, and on the South by the Sea, ... (top of next page cut off by photocopier, then).... same to him and his Heirs, Administrators or Assigns forever. And I do hereby constitute and appoint JOHN NOEL and EDWARD PENNY to be Executors to this my last Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke and make null and void all other Wills and Testaments, heretofore made by me or bearing my name, and do pronounce and declare this to be my only true last Will and Testament, given under my hand and seal in Fresh Water Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, this twenty first day of August in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty one,
FRANCIS JEFFERS (x his mark)
In the presence of us JOSEPH H. PARSONS, EDWARD SPARKES PENNY
This Deponent JOSEPH H. PARSONS of Fresh Water Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Schoolmaster a subscribing witness to the annexed Will maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see FRANCIS JEFFERS the testator in the annexed will named duly sign by putting his mark thereto seal publish and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament in the presence as well of this Deponent as of EDWARD SPARKES PENNY the other subscribing witness to the same. And this Deponent further saith that the said testator at the time of publishing his said Will was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of this Deponents knowledge and belief.
J. H. Parsons.
Sworn to before me this 6th day of December AD 1862.
I hereby certify that the execution of the Will of which the foregoing is a true Copy by FRANCIS JEFFERS the Testator party thereto was proved before me as a Commissioner of Affidavits Supreme Court by J.H. PARSONS one of the Witnesses to the Same on the 6th day of December AD 1862. And a true and correct copy of the said Will and of the Affidavit of Proof of the same are hereby in due course registered by me this day. Given under my Hand this tenth day of December, AD eighteen hundred and sixty two.
Note: The photocopy of the document cut off the extreme right side of the page, and as luck would have it, the two names of his relatives and their association to him were cut off as well. My apologies for not spotting this at the time. (Susan)
Part 2 - Contributed by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
of Francis Jeffers
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Part 1 - Transcribed by Susan Snelgrove, Uxbridge ON, December 31, 2001
Part 2 - Contributed by Judy Benson
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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