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Will of James Lockyer Mews
In the name of God Amen The ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four- I James Lockyer Mews of Old Perlican Trinity Bay In the Island of Newfoundland Stipendiary Magistrate, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament And as touching my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form- First, I give and bequeath to Christiana my dearly beloved wife whatever money there may be belonging to me at my decease, for the benefit of herself and the children that may then be living with her and unmarried Also my household goods of every kind together with houses & lands wherever situate Also cattle, debts and moveable effects To be for her benefit and my children who then may be living with her and at her decease, should any of my daughters be then unmarried and living with their mother at the time of her death, Then whatever property may be remaining belonging to me shall be equally divided amongst my unmarried daughters, and should there be but one, all is to hers little or much- With regard to the Melodian It is my wish and desire that at the time of my decease, should any of the girls be living with their mother that they should there have it between them and should there be one at that time living with her mother, then she is to have it to be her own for ever. And I do further make and ordain Joseph Boyd of Old Perlican, Blacksmith, to be my sole executors and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other testament wills legacies bequest and executors by me in any before named. I now ratify and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament. Jas. Lockyer Mews (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James Lockyer Mews as his last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers, Joseph Boyd, W.C. Christian.
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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