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Will of Edward Penny
In the name of God Amen, I Edward Penny of Kiels Bonavista Bay in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding but weak in body and mindful of the uncertainty of human life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say- I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Penny the interest of the sum of four hundred and six dollars and four cents to be enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life and after the death of my wife Elizabeth Penny aforesaid then I wish the capital sum of four hundred and six dollars and four cents now lying in the Savings Bank in St. John’s to be divided amongst my five sons giving George, John, William & Charles Edward equal shares and giving Thomas twenty dollars more than the others The rest of the money of which I shall die possessed I give devise and bequeath the same to my wife Elizabeth Penny to be by her enjoyed for the term of her natural life and after her death I wish my daughters Rebecca, Mary and Hannah to receive thirty two dollars each, and the residue to be divided amongst my five sons George, John, William, Charles Edward and Thomas in equal shares provided that George is to receive twenty dollars less than John, William, Charles Edward and Thomas- Also I give devise and bequeath my gardens five in number to my sons John, William, Charles Edward and Thomas share and share alike- the remainder of the fishing room, stage, flake, storehouses and stable to my five sons George, John, William, Charles Edward and Thomas in equal shares- the old dwelling house I at present occupy I leave to my wife Elizabeth Penny for her lifetime and after her decease to my sons Charles Edward and Thomas in equal shares- The new dwelling house now building I give devise and bequeath to my sons John and William in equal shares. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark on this twenty fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six-
Edward his X mark Penny- Witnesses to the mark of Edward Penny who in our presence declared this as and for his last will and testament We have hereunto subscribed our names in his presence and in the presence of each other as attesting witnesses. William Kish, Clerk in Holy Orders, Kings Cove- Abigail Quinton, Keels.
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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