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Will of Rebecca Piccott
This is the will of Mrs. Rebecca Picot respecting the disposal of her property that the house which she now occupies together with those attached to it to be sold and half the proceeds to be given the three eldest and the other half to the two youngest children. The three older children’s portion to be paid immediately after the property is sold & the other half to remain in the hands of the Trustees to be paid by them at t discretion to the two youngest children. The bed and bedstead in which she now lays is to be given to her youngest daughter Elizabeth the large chest drawers with the bookcase to be given to her eldest son Nathan- the small chest drawers to be given to her daughter Jemima A bed & bedstead with its bedding and furniture together with a mahogany table to be given to Julia. The other mahogany table to be given to Jemima. The clock to be given to her youngest son John together with a bed bedstead & bedding The five silver tablespoons to be given one to each of the family one armchair to be given to Nathan and the other to be given to John the remainder to be divided among the other children all the small articles of household furniture to be equally divided among the family The property in Portugal Cove to be divided as follows the part already apportioned to Nathan that is to say that part situated to the westward of Daley’s to be his for ever All the remainder that is to say that portion leased to Daley to be given to her son John to be his for ever that is to say after the expiration of Daley’s lease the rent now paid by Daley to be disposed of for the first seven years after the death of the said Mrs. Picco to paid for the support of her youngest daughter Elizabeth and after the above seven years the rent is to be equally divided among the five children until the expiration of Daley’s lease after which it is to be the sole property of her youngest son John. The funeral expenses or any other lawful debts which the estate may owe to be defrayed out of the proceeds from sale of the property in St. John’s. Before any division of property can be made And I do hereby appoint Mr. Wm. Coyell and Wm. Pitts Jr. To be trustees to carry this my will into effect. P.S. In the event of any of the above mentioned persons dying their portion of the property is to be given to the wife children or husband at their own discretion. Rebecca Picot.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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