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Will of Robert Oke
The last will and testament of Robert Oke of Saint John’s, Newfoundland – Gentleman – In the first place I give and demise to my children Edith- Mary Ann- Austin – Eliza – Matilda and William all the lands, houses and property demised to my late father John Oke by his aunt Ann Whitehead consisting of a massuage or dwelling house stated in the said Ann Whitehead’s will and used as a silk house also a meadow called Hammonds Meadow and two other closes of arable land lying and being near the London Road and Cold Harbour all situated and being in the Town of Sherbourn County of Dorset England – and as more particularly described in the said will bearing date the eleventh and twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred forty-two. Exemplied copy of said will hereunto annexed to have and to hold the said described property their heirs for ever with the rents issues profits and advantages that may be due up to the time of my death. I give to my wife Harriet during her life one half the rents and profits of the Sherbourne Property for her sole use and benefit, my before named children and my wife Harriet to be tenants in common during her life. I give and bequeath also to my wife Harriet (in consideration of the care and attention bestowed upon me by her) all my household furniture together with every other description of property I may be possed at the time of my death save and except what is hereafter mentioned – I give to my wife Harriet also the hundred pounds for which my life is insured together with all money I may be possed of at the time of my death or due to me all of which are to be for her sole use and benefit. All my children being settled in life I have given and disposed of my effects in the way mentioned by a desire to keep my wife Harriet from want so far as I am able my wife to pay my funeral expenses which are to be as moderate as possible – If it should please the wise disposer of events to take away my wife first – in that case all I posess at my death is to be equally divided between my before named children. To my son William I leave my silver watch and gold chain – to my son Austin I give my mahogany drawing case – to Peter McPherson I give my gold ring and I appoint John Winter Esqr MD of St. John’s a foresaid to be my sole executor –
In witness whereof I have hereunto this my last will and testament set my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three –
Witnesses P. MacPherson, Geo. Freeman Jas. Cormack
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.
Contributed by Judy Benson and also by Colleen Haynes
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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