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Will of John Legg
Carbonear, Newfoundland. I John Legg being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and desire all that may be interested receive it as such first I leave to my nephew Joshua Pike the family dwelling house and furniture, gardens front and back, meadow land east and west of Fire Break and bounded east by Church Hill Road, north middle street south main street and west by Kennedy’s including a garden west of Ryans. Secondly I leave my sister Emma Stapleton the garden occupied by her north of her dwelling house bounded by the Church Hill street- Thirdly. I also leave to my nephews Joshua Pike and Francis Pike also to John Bemister son of Reuben the waterside land, bounded west by Maddocks, east by Fire Break and north by Main Street to be divided equally Fourthly. I leave to William W. Taylor son of Thomas land 30 feet frontage south of Main Street east of Fire Break the remaining extending to Mr. Bejn Gould to be equally divided between my nephews Edward Pike and James Pike. I also give my niece Eliza Pike my sole interest in and to the shop and dwelling house outhouses and appurtenances now in the possession of Thomas Furlong. All monies or effects that may accrue or become mine I leave to my sister Mary Pike. I also appoint and constitute Reuben James Bemister & Ambrose M. Forward to be my executor. This is my last will & testament made & executed this 27th April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & sixty four. John Legg (LS) Signed & sealed in the presence of Reuben James Bemister, Edward S. Pike. Item omitted in my last will I leave to my sister Eliza Legg and to Joshua son of my sister Mary Pike one half each of my pew in the Carbonear Wesleyan Chapel. John his X mark Legg. Witness, E.S. Pike, Carbonear Aug. 18th 1864.
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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