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Will of John Ludlow
In the name of God Amen. I, John Ludlow, Planter of Fogo in the Island of Newfoundland, being through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind & memory although weak in body do make and declare this my last will and testament. First, I return my soul to God who gave it and desire that my body may be decently buried according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England As regards my worldly estate I give and dispose of it in the following manner, 1st I give and bequeath to my two sons James Ludlow and William Ludlow all my landed property as follows- To my son James Ludlow I give and bequeath my dwelling house provided that during the lifetime of my wife Mary Ludlow a part be allowed to her for her use and benefit- Also To my son James Ludlow I leave a small grass-meadow adjoining the dwelling house together with an outhouse for goats. The remainder of my landed property consisting of Fish Room and other ground I desire to be equally divided between my two sons aforesaid James Ludlow and William Ludlow share and share alike. All the money I die possessed of I give and dispose of in the following manner after all my just and lawful debts are paid and discharged.
First I desire that during the life of my dear wife Mary Ludlow the money I die possessed may remain where it is at present viz- in the hands of William Waterman & Co., Merchants of Poole, England, and that the interest of said money be paid to her for her sole use and benefit as long as she lives.
2ndly Upon the death of my wife Mary Ludlow, I give and bequeath the above mentioned money now in the hands of William Waterman & Co. to the following persons in the amounts hereinafter specified. To my son James Ludlow, the sum of sixty pounds (£60. 0. 0) sterling money. To my son William Ludlow the sum of forty pounds (£40- 0 -0) stg. To my grandson John Ludlow the sum of sixty pounds (£60. 0. 0) stg. To my daughter Elizabeth Payne the sum of thirty pounds (£30. 0. 0) stg. To my daughter Harriet Powel the sum of thirty pounds (£30. 0. 0) stg. To my daughter Jane Fox of St. John’s the sum of thirty pounds (£30. 0. 0) stg. To my daughter Susannah Powel the sum of thirty pounds (£30. 0. 0) stg. To my two friends William Payne, Senr and Samuel Fowey, both of Fogo, the sum of ten pounds (£10. 0. 0) stg each I likewise appoint Mr. Stone of Fogo as executor of this my last will and testament In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five,
Jno. Ludlow. Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the above named John Ludlow as his last will and testament (after having been first read over & explained) in presence of us, who in each other’s presence have hereunto set our hands as witnesses, C. Meek, Martin Stone.
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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