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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Jacob Moore
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 585 & 586 probate year 1850
Jacob Moore deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I Jacob Moore of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say,
First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna (should she survive me) all the dwelling house and premises in and on which I at present reside to have and to hold the same for her sole use and behoof during the term of her natural life.
Secondly I give and bequeath to my said wife and her heirs and assigns for ever all that piece of land in the rear of this town and situate on the face of Death Hill which I have hitherto used as a potato garden. Also all and whatsoever money whether at home or abroad I may be worth at the time of my decease together with my household furniture and whatsoever other moveables may belong to me at the time of my death.
Thirdly, it is my will and desire that from and after the decease of my said wife the dwelling house and premises hereby bequeathed to her during her natural life as aforesaid shall be sold to the best advantage by public sale and one half of the proceeds of such sale shall be paid to my nephew Thomas Cram his heirs or assigns and the other half to my nephew Hugh William Trapnell his heirs or assigns. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Susanna as executrix and my trusty friend Mr. Archibald Munn as executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling any former will or wills testament or testaments heretofore made by me and do constitute this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Jacob Moore (LS)
Signed sealed and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in presence of each other do hereunto set our hands in testimony of the same this 16th day of November 1847. Wm. Chas. St. John. Charlotte Ellis.
D. M. Browning
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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