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Will of James Lampen
In the name of God Amen. I James Lampin of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Schoolmaster being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I will and direct that all my just debts shall be fully paid and discharged-
Second, I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Sarah Lampin during her natural life and free from the control of any future husband she may have the dwelling house and land now occupied by me- and whereon I live with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging also all that house and premises leased to William Tapp also all that house and premises leased to Ellen Sullivan (now Ellen Kelly) also the house land and premises in the possession of David Goff all of which said lands and premises are situate and being in the Town of Harbor Grace aforesaid and it is my further will and desire that in the event of the marriage of my said daughter Mary Sarah Lampin the whole of said property above mentioned shall at her decease descend and belong to her lawful issue; and in default of such lawful issue the said property hereinbefore bequeathed to my said daughter Mary Sarah Lampin shall at her decease revert to and become the property of my grandson William Lampin son of the late John Lampin Blacksmith, And I hereby appoint my executors hereinafter named trustees for the said children until they respectively attain the age of twenty one years.
Third- I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Ann Lampin wife of George Gordon all that dwelling house and garden now in her possession also all that house and garden and land leased to Philip Hunt and now occupied by Garret Barry also the land house and garden leased to Charles Robinson and now occupied by Mrs. Simms- also all that house land and premises leased to John Callahan the measurement of which can be seen on reference to John Callahan's lease and all the appurtenances to the said several premises belonging or in anywise appertaining for and during her natural life and for her sole and separate use and free from the control of her present or any future husband and immediately after her decease I give and bequeath the same to her children lawfully begotten that is to say to such or so many of them as my said daughter Elizabeth Ann Lampin now Gordon may by her last will and testament publish and declare.
Fourth, I give devise and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named in trust for my grandson William Lampin all that house land and premises leased to Charles Tarraham and the land now unoccupied adjoining said premises until the said William Lampin attains the age of twenty one years and then to his heirs and assigns for ever but should however my said grandson William Lampin die before he attains the age of twenty one years the property above bequeathed to him shall become the property of and vest in my said daughter Elizabeth Gordon during her natural life and after her decease to her children lawfully begotten or to such of them as she may bequeath the same.
Fifth, My will and desire is that the furniture remaining in my house at the time of my decease is to be divided equally between my said daughters Mary Sarah Lampin and Elizabeth Ann Lampin now Gordon and my grandson William Lampin share and share alike and it is my further wish and desire and I earnestly enjoin it upon and entreat my said two daughters and grandson above mentioned to live in love and peace together after my decease and that they do mutually help and befriend one another.
Sixth, I appoint Joseph Godden and Charles Ross executors to this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this thirteenth day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.
James Lampen (LS) Signed by the said testator 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, H.W. Trapnell, James Rippisley. (or Hippisley)
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)
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