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Will of Thomas Peckford
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Peckford of Change Islands Planter at present weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and orain this my last will and testament which is as follows- First I give my son Charles Peckford and his son Henry G. Peckford my fishing room with all things thereto belonging including gardens the large boat and small boats except one small boat which is to belong to my son Simon Peckford the said Simon Peckford also to have three cod nets My son Charles Peckford to have the remainder of my property including my household things except as undermentioned My own gun to belong to my son Charles Peckford- the gun used be called Simon’s to belong to my son Simon Peckford- the other small gun to belong to Henry G. Peckford, my clothing to belong to my sons Simon & Charles Peckford- Simon to have my chest and Charles my box- my three beds as follows my own bed to belong to my daughter Mary Ann, the bed my daughter Eliza used to call hers she is to have for her own use my wish is to be buried with decent Christian burial and a stone set at my grave- My other of the three beds to belong to my son Charles Peckford. Whatever moneys may be left after my buriel to be disposed of as follows I leave my daughter Emma the sum of five pounds Whatever other moneys may be left to be shared among my other children viz Simon, Charles, Eliza, Amelia & Mary Ann equally- I make my son Simon Peckford and John Jeans Senr my sole executors to settle all my affairs as above to receive all monies due to me if I owe any to see it paid and to see all done as above To which I set my hand & seal this twenty second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
Thomas Peckford’s mark X Signed in presence of us John Jeans Senr, Henry Peckford mark X.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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