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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Peckham


Will of John Peckham
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 149 probate year 1853

In re
     John Peckham      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me John Peckham of the North side of Trinity Planter. I give and bequeath to my two nephews Martin Peckham and John Peckham all my fishing room and plantation house, stage, store, boats, punts, and seins and everything belonging to me in this country share and share alike. I also give and bequeath to my said two nephews Martin Peckham and John Peckham the sum of three hundred and forty pounds Bank stock or whatever may be remaining of the said sum at my death share and share alike. I also will and bequeath that my sister Elizabeth who is now residing in the house with me is to be provided for out of the above bequests by my said nephews as long as she shall live I also will that in case of the death of my said nephews before my said sister Elizabeth without any lawful issue that the above bequests shall revert to her. I hereby appoint my two nephews Martin and John Peckham to be my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills made or said to be made by me I n witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this ninth day of May A.D. 1853. John Peckham (LS)
Signed sealed and published as the said will & testament of John Peckham in presence of Benjn Sweetland,     George Sweetland.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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