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Will of George Ladd
In the name of God Amen. I George Ladd of Greenwich England but now residing at Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland Master Mariner being of perfectly sound mind and memory do make and ordain my last will and testament in manner following that is to say
First I give and bequeath unto my good friend Ambrose Forward of Carbonear my quadrant charts and other nautical instruments Secondly I give and bequeath my bed and bedding to Prudence wife of Christopher Pike Sailmaker or to whoever may wash for attend upon and nurse me at the time of my death in acknowledgment for such kindness and attention Thirdly I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Ann Dupont of Greenwich aforesaid all my other estate personal and real whether in England Newfoundland or elsewhere consisting of monies credits wearing apparel two watches and all other property which I may possess at the time of my decease But it is my express will and desire nevertheless that all reasonable debts and other obligations which I may have contracted during my illness as well as the expenses of a decent funeral and a neat plain headstone shall be honorably defrayed out of the estate and effects bequeathed to my beloved sister
Fourthly I hereby constitute and appoint my esteemed friend George Forward, Esquire, Merchant, my sole executor and hereby cancelling revoking and totally disallowing all former wills gifts and bequests by me or in my name whether verbally or otherwise at any time before made do make constitute ordain and acknowledge this as my last and only legal will and testament.
|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 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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