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Will of Henry Ledrew
This is the last will and testament of me Henry Ledrow Shipwright of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland- After paying all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath to each of my five daughters namely Isabella Mosedale, Louisa Bartlett, Ellen Skeans, Charlotte Sparks and Mary Anne Tulk the sum of one hundred pounds cy and to my wife Mary Ann Ledrew the sum of fifty pounds cy per annum for her maintenance and support during her lifetime together with the full and unrestricted use of the dwelling house at present in my occupancy with all the furniture and other property contained therein with the exception of Looking Glass and watch hereafter provided for- I hereby bequeath to my daughter Ellen Skeans the Looking Glass contained in Sitting Room and to my grandson Benjamin Tulk the silver watch worn by myself- After the decease of my said wife Mary Ann Ledrew I desire that my household furniture shall be divided equally amongst my five daughters Isabella Mosedale, Louisa Bartlett, Ellen Skeans, Charlotte Sparks and Mary Ann Tulk, provided the division of said furniture can be effected with the consent and approval of the five aforementioned daughters, failing which full approval and consent of all interest I desire that the said furniture be sold by public auction and the proceeds equally divided amongst my aforementioned five daughters- After the decease of my said wife Mary Ann Ledrow the residue of my estate consisting of money and all accumulation of interest thereon at present deposited in the Savings Bank of Newfoundland and rents of property proceeds of sales fee simple land and dwelling house thereon situated at Flower Hill and interest in dwelling house situated at Limekiln Hill I direct shall be equally divided amongst my aforementioned five daughters Isabella Mosedale, Louisa Bartlett, Ellen Skeans Charlotte Sparks and Mary Ann Tulk or their lawfully begotten issue- In the event of the death of one or either of my aforementioned daughters without issue then her proportion to be equally divided amongst the survivors- I hereby appoint John McDougall and Edwin B. McDougall as my sole executors of this my last will & testament- As witness my hand this first day of November A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight Henry his X mark Ledrow- Signed and acknowledged by the said Henry Ledrow as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. John Rowe. Frederick Rowe.
This is a codicil to the last will of me Henry Ledrew made on the first day of November A.D. 1878. I desire that the bequests to each of my five daughters namely Isabella Mosedale, Louisa Bartlett, Ellen Skeans, Charlotte Sparks and Mary Ann Tulk shall be fore the sole and separate use of each of them and not under the control of any husband- In all other respects I confirm the said will- Henry his X mark Ledrow- Signed by the said Henry Ledrow this third day of February A.D. 1879 in the presence of Charles Hutchings, William Antle.
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.
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