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Will of Joseph Munden
I Joseph Munden of Broad Windsor in the County of Dorset in England, and now residing at Twillingate in the Northern District of Newfoundland do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say First my desire is that the whole of the stock which may be standing in my name (at the time of my decease) in the Bank of England in the three pr cent reduced Funds do remain there under my name forever, and that after my decease I give and bequeath to my wife during her lifetime the whole amount of interest derived from the aforenamed stock now standing in my name at the Bank of England in the three pr ct reduced funds, and after the decease of my wife the interest derived from the aforenamed stock shall be disposed of in the following manner That is to say that the sum of ten pounds stg be paid annually to the clergyman for the time being of St. Peter’s Church, Twillingate, whose receipt shall be a good discharge for the same, but in the event of the withdrawal of such clergyman, or the extinction of the Church of England in Twillingate, the said ten pounds stg annually be paid to the Lord Bishop (for the time being) of Newfoundland, to be disposed of by His Lordship for the benefit of the Church in Newfoundland- And the remaining balance of such interest be paid annually to the Treasurer’s for the time being of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, And as touching my household effects and wearing apparel my wish is that my Bass Viol and music Books shall be disposed of by the Clergyman of St. Peter’s Church, under and with the sanction, and approval of my executors, for the benefit of my wife, that all my furniture and wearing apparel be disposed of to defray the expenses of my funeral and I desire to be buried in decent Christian burial (without any unnecessary or useless expense) in St. Peter’s Church yard or burial ground, at the discretion of my executors, and that a headstone of a frost proof nature and of middle size be erected at the head of my grave, bearing the following inscription cut thereon - In Memory of Joseph Munden who died &c. &c. &c. aged _____ years Whose body waiteth for a joyful resurrection through Christ “Christ is all, and in all” Col’ns 3, - 11 The expenses attending such can be paid for by my wife under the council of my executors- And I hereby constitute make and ordain J.B. Thompson and J.G. Hart executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any wise before named, will’d and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of December 1877. Joseph Munden. Signed and acknowledged by the said Joseph Munden the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names the day and date above written. Peter Samways, Richard Newman.
Codicil. These are to certify that I Joseph Munden have made and declared by last will and testament in writing bearing date 10th Decr 1877 and do by this present codicile ratify and confirm such will aforenamed- And in respect of the inscription to be cut on the Headstone therein mentioned I desire that the inscription be- Thus - “Here waiteth for a joyful resurrection through Christ the body of Joseph Munden who died &c. &c. aged &c., “Christ is all” Colns 3, - 11- and my will and meaning is that this codicile be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my will aforenamed I likewise desire that all my books be given to the Clergyman of St. Peter’s Church, Twillingate to be given away according to his discretion and that all things contained in this codicile and will, be faithfully and truly performed. Witness my hand this 10th day Decr 1877. Joseph Munden. Witnesses, Peter Samways, Richard Newman.
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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