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Will of William Parsons Senior
In the name of God Amen. I William Parsons Senior of the Bay of Saint George in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind, memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following to wit I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Clouet and to her assigns all my right title and interest in and upon my lands and tenements comprising houses and gardens with their several dependencies I likewise give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Clouet all my interest or shares in the Joint Stock of Three per Cent Annuities erected by an Act of Parliament of the Twenty Fifth year of the reign of King George the Second. And further I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Clouet all my cattle consisting of oxen and cows and likewise all and singular my goods and chattels with all and every the debts due and owing unto me in this country and elsewhere. And for the due execution of this my last will and testament I hereby appoint and nominate as executors hereof John Parsons, James Parsons, son of Ambrose Parsons of Sutton in England, both planters in the Bay of Saint George aforesaid and Joseph Bird of Sturminster in England aforesaid, Esquire, hereby ratifying the several acts of my said executors whether executed in their said capacity singularly and separately or otherwise William Parsons Sen. (LS) Signed sealed executed and delivered at Saint George Bay aforesaid this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty one by the said testator in the presence of the underwritten witnesses and signed by the said witnesses in the presence of the said testator & of each other. Henry Forrest, John Messervey, Jos. Pennl, Horatio H. Forrest.
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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