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Will of George Parsons
This is the last will and testament of George Parsons of Change Island in the Northern District of Newfoundland- I give and bequeath to my wife Jane and my two sons Alfred and Charles for their absolute use and benefit an equal share in all my property real and personal situated in Change Islands aforenamed that is to say, my dwelling with its furniture, two store houses one work shop, stage flakes meadow land, and gardens, nets, punts and other fishing gear To my wife and three sons John, Alfred and Charles my large boat- To my wife I give and bequeath my musket and to my two sons Alfred and Charles my other three guns- I further will that my daughter Dorcas so long as she remains unmarried be entitled to support, and the sum of six pounds (6£) currency per annum to be realised out of my whole estate and paid to her in the month of October-
Nevertheless if my wife should marry again she shall forfeit all her lawful right and claim to any of my property real or personal, aforenamed, and should my sons Alfred and Charles, leave the estate and cease to use the salmon nets, I give and bequeath to my son John all their right and title to said nets- Likewise I make and constitute and ordain my two sons Alfred and Charles to be executors of this my last will and testament- In witness I hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal this second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five-
George his X mark Parsons- In presence of the undersigned who in the presence of each other subscribed their names, Henry Scammell, Edwin H. Jeans.
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.
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