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Will of Mary Ann Pike
This is the last will and testament of me Mary Ann Pike of Carbonear wife of Edward T. Pike of Carbonear Planter.
First I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Jessie Louisa wife of John Ericsen the piece of land situate at Carbonear now occupied by me bounded on the north by Poplar Trees east by Poplar trees, south by the main road and west by Poplar trees together with the dwelling house outhouses and all other erections thereon. I also give and bequeath to the said Jessie Louisa Ericson all the household furniture and effects contained in the said dwelling house save and except such articles of furniture as shall at the time of my death be marked or labeled in the name of any other person.
Second, I give and bequeath to my son Robert the eastern lot or part of the meadow to the westward of the before mentioned land bequeathed to Jessie Louisa. I also bequeath to my said son Robert the sum of one hundred pounds received by him from me previous to the making of this my will and not repaid.
Third, I bequeath to my daughter Lavinia the middle lot or part of the said meadow with a right of way of eight feet in width west of the Poplar trees for the purpose of gaining access to the said lot-
Fourth, I bequeath to my son Stephen the western lot or part of the said meadow, also the sum of two hundred pounds received by him from me previous to the making of this my will and not repaid.
Fifth, The said meadow shall be equally divided between the said Robert, Lavinia, and Stephen in equal lots or strips running north and south.
Sixth, It is my wish and desire that my husband Edward T. Pike shall have sole and absolute use and control of all my property and estate during his lifetime and that the foregoing bequests shall not come into operation until after his death.
Seventhly, I appoint Edward S. Pike and Frederick T. Bemister executors of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand at Carbonear this ______ day of October A.D. 1877. Sgd. Mary Ann Pike. Witness, (Sgd) Edward S. Pike. (Sgd) B.T.H. Gould.
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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