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Will of William Parsons
In the name of God Amen. I William Parsons, Planter, of Pinchards Island, Bonavista Bay being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament as follows: First, I commit my body to the earth and my spirit to God who gave it. After paying the expenses of my funeral and all other lawful debts and charges I give and bequeath to each of my four brothers viz George, Philip, Robert and Benjamin one eighth part of whatever I die possessed of- I give and bequeath to my brother Abraham, William Blackmore and his sister Jane Gill, each one the sixteenth part of whatever I die possessed of. To the four children of my brother Richard, viz; William, Adam, Jane and Caroline I give and bequeath the eighth part likewise to be equally divided among them. To Benjamin Parsons son of William and Leah, I give and bequeath one eighth part. My Room situate in Indian Bay I have already given to William and Adam, sons of Richard. The house I now occupy I give and bequeath to Sarah Parsons, daughter of Philip, and I do constitute and appoint the Revd John Goodacre Cragg sole executor of this my will. Signed William Parsons X his mark. his seal (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the testator in the presence of us, who in the presence of each other (after hearing the contents read over) have set our hands and seals this fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three- John Hann (LS) Thomas Gill (LS)
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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