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Will of James Lockyer
In the name of God Amen. I James Lockyer of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Storekeeper being at this present time of sound mind memory and understanding but calling to mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last will and testament in form and manner following that is to say.
First I desire to be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named.
Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Billa Lockyer my feather bed and bedding
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son George Lockyer all my potato garden and cellar situated by the side of Riders Hill as also the small garden near my dwelling house call’d Hodders Garden with all my wearing apparel of whatsoever kind as also my seat in Saint Paul's Church Trinity.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son John Sabbin Lockyer my dwelling house store house and garden in which they stand.
Fifthly and my executors hereinafter named are hereby fully authorized and requested by me as soon as may be conveniently done to draw from the Commercial Bank of Newfoundland the sum of seven hundred pounds currency now standing in my name in the said Bank the interest of which my friends Messrs. Brooking & Co. Saint John's are authorised by me to receive yearly as it may become due and remit the same to their house at Trinity, this seven hundred pounds currency I request and desire my executors hereinafter named to divide into five equal shares between my stepdaughter Joanna Malone Collis and my own four children that is to say Mary Granger Sarah Billa Lockyer George Lockyer and John Sabbin Lockyer each of them to have and enjoy the same share and share alike. And what ever sum there may be due to me at my death on the books of my friends Messrs. Brooking & Co. Trinity I desire and request it after all expenses are paid to be divided into five equal shares as the other between my stepdaughter and my own four children aforesaid.
Sixthly and I do hereby ordain nominate constitute and appoint my friends Benjamin Sweetland Stipendiary Magistrate of Trinity and the Reverend Benjamin Smith Rural Dean of Trinity aforesaid to be my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills testaments or legacies by me made or bequeathed.
In witness whereof I have to his my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal on this seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven. James Lockyer, (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator James Lockyer as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, William Hart, Accountant. James Collis Junr Salemaker(?)
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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