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Will of George Mansfield
In the name of God Amen. I George Mansfield of Indian Point in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being weak and infirm in body but in perfect mind and memory knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and declare this my last will and testament commending my soul unto Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to receive at the discretion of my executors decent Christian burial being assured that I shall receive the same again at the last day by the mighty power of God- And as touching such worldly estate wherewith God has blessed me in this life I give and dispose of in the following manner and form
First- That for and in consideration of the goodwill love and affection that I have and do bear toward my beloved great grandson George Mansfield and son of my grandson William Newman Mansfield I give and bequeath unto him the said George Mansfield one third part of my cleared lands and one third part of my uncleared lands and one fourth part of my fishing room and all situated at Indian Point in the Island aforesaid and also my telescope to be his and his heirs in the male line lawfully born for ever but to remain in the possession of the said William Newman Mansfield until he the said George Mansfield shall have attained the age of twenty one years But in the event of his said George Mansfield dying before that time or leaving no male issue his portion shall then fall to the heirs of the said William Newman Mansfield
Secondly- What for the love and affection I have for my beloved grandson William Newman Mansfield I give and bequeath unto him one third part of my cleared and uncleared lands and one fourth part of my fishing room and situated at Indian Point as aforesaid to be his and his heirs in the male line lawfully born for ever, that is to say the said George Mansfield and his heirs excepted But and if the said William Newman Mansfield leave no other male issue then his portion shall become the property of the said George Mansfield and heirs as heretofore mentioned
Thirdly. That for the love and affection I do bear toward my beloved grandson Solomon Mansfield I give and bequeath unto him one third part of my cleared and uncleared lands and one fourth part of my fishing Room at Indian Point aforesaid to be his and his heirs in the male line lawfully born for ever But in the event of said Solomon Mansfield leaving no male issue his portion shall then become the property of the legitimate heirs of my aforesaid great grandson and grandson equally divided
Fourthly For the love and affection I have for my beloved nephew Charles Warfield I give and bequeath unto him one fourth part of my fishing Room at Indian Point aforesaid to be his and his heirs in the male line lawfully born forever But in the event of his leaving no male issue his portion of said fishing room shall become the property of my aforesaid grandsons and great grandson equally divided
Fifthly. Being at present unencumbered by any outstanding debts I hereby declare and pronounce that my aforesaid plantation shall never be sold exchanged mortgaged or taken for any debt or debts contracted by any or either of my aforesaid nephew grandsons or great grandson
Sixthly- Placing implicit trust and confidence in the ability and integrity of my beloved grandsons William Newman Mansfield and Solomon Mansfield I constitute and appoint them the executors of this last my will and testament and at their discretion to divide and allot my lands and fishing Room aforesaid In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of August One thousand eight hundred and seventy-three George his X mark Mansfield (LS) Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us the interlinings over the 20th line on the 2nd page and over the 3rd line on the 3rd page being first written, Joseph Mills. George Button.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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