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Will of Samuel Penny
In the name of God Amen. I Samuel Penny, planter of Indian Islands Newfoundland, being weak in body, but through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind & memory do make & declare this my last will & testament. That is to say- I will & bequeath to my dear wife Elizabeth Penny the sum of one hundred pounds, cy now lying at interest in the Union Bank at St. John’s. The sum of Two hundred pounds cy or thereabouts in the hands of Edwin Duder Esqr of St. John’s- I dispose of in the following manner i.e. I give & bequeath to my brother William Penny the sum of fifty pounds cy To the sons & daughters of my deceased brother Charles Penny the sum of forty pounds that is to say Five pounds each- To Elizabeth Coish wife of Alfred Coish of Eastern Cove Indian Isds the sum of twenty pounds. to the new Church now building by the members of the Church of England in Indian Isds the sum of thirty pounds. Whatever moneys there may be remaining after the payment of the above mentioned legacies, I desire may be placed to the credit of the schooner “Mayflower” now held by Jonathan Vinson and Samuel Cobb Further, I desire that none of the above named legacies be paid until three months after my decease- stating in conclusion that I have on a former occasion settled & divided all my other property, consisting of land, dwelling house &c. not herein mentioned- I hereby appoint my friend & neighbour William Collins as executor to this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of December A.D. 1880. Samuel Penny his X mark (LS) Signed, sealed, pronounced & declared by the above named Samuel Penny as his last will & testament (in our presence) who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses this 14th day of December A.D.1880. Christopher Meek. William Collins-
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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