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The Will of Mary Sweet of Trinity - 1779From the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
In the Name of God Amen. I MARY SWEET inhabitant of TRINITY in Newfoundland being of a sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following ffirst of all, I recommend my soul to Almighty God through the merits of Jesus Christ and my body to be buried(?) at the discretion of my DAUGHTER ANN SWEET. Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Sweet all the sum or sums of money both principal and interest that is are or may be in the hands of Mr. THOS CLARK of RINGWOOD HANTS and that he have put out to interest on my account with whomsoever or wheresoever may be. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Sweet all the Sum or Sums of money both principal and interest that is are or may be in the hands of MR. MOSES SLEAT(?) of P. Church Hants (transcriber's note, Christchurch?) and that he have put out to interest on my acct with whomesoever or wheresoever may be. Item I give unto my BROTHER JOHN BROCK (or maybe Brook) if he should survive me the sum of five pounds to be paid by my Daur Ann Sweet if she should have so much in her hands at my decease. Item I give unto my SISTER SUSANNA SALMON(?) (note, this very hard to read, could be way off my interpretation) if she should survive me the sum of two guineas to be paid by my Daughter Ann Sweet if she should have so much in her hands at my Decease. Lastly I constitute make and ordain my Daughter Ann Sweet my sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament to receive all rents debts and dues belonging to me for her own use likewise I give unto my said Executrix all my household ffurniture and wearing apparel boats and skifts ffishing craft and all that belong to me at my place or places in Newfoundland or England money and any thing else that is mine at my decease she paying all my just debts and legacies out of it. Item I give unto my SON WILLIAM SWEET the sum of one shilling to be paid him by my aforesaid Executrix at the time of my decease and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacys bequests Executors by me made in any ways before named willed 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 and seal this twenty ffifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.
MARY SWEET MS her mark
Signed sealed and declared to be where no stamp paper to be had the last will and testament in presence of us
This will was proved at London the eighteenth day of Muly in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper of Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Fully constituted by the oat of ANN? DAMPIER formerly SWEET wife of THOMAS DAMPIER the daughter of the deceased and the sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Admon was granted having been sworn by commission duly to administer.
Mary Sweet married Thomas Dampier of Sherbourne, Dorset on Nov 7, 1787 . Note the name is "Mary", not "Ann", suggesting her name might really be "Mary Ann".
Transcribed by Susan Snelgrove, Uxbridge, ON September 24, 2005
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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