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Will of Jordan Pike
This is the last will and testament of me Jordan Pike of St. John’s Master Mariner. I give devise and bequeath all the property of which I am possessed of whatever nature or kind soever unto my wife Susannah Pike upon trust to hold the same as follows, to take pay and apply from time to time out of my assets for the support of herself and my children Eliza, Catherine, John Gordon Susannah and Laura (until my said children shall have attained their majority) such sum and sums as Mr. Peter McPherson shall in his judgment deem needful and necessary for their support provided that should my said wife marry again it is my will and desire that she do not participate in my estate anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding. It is my will and desire that when my youngest surviving child shall have attained her majority all the residue of my property shall be equally divided amongst my said wife and all my children which shall then be living. I appoint the said Peter McPherson to be the Guardian of my first named children and my said wife to be executrix of this my will. Dated at St. John’s April 19th 1863. Jordan Pike (LS) Signed sealed published and declared in presence of Jno. B. McLea, M.W. Walbank.
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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