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Will of Thomas Pike
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Pike of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of perfect mind and memory and moreover being desirous that no disputes may arise among my dear children after my decease respecting the disposal of what property I may possess at the time of my death do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I give my body to its kindred earth to be therein decently interred and my soul to that great and gracious Being who at first gave it and my worldly goods as follows First I give and bequeath the house and front garden which formerly belonged to my son Francis Pike deceased in joint and equal parts and proportions together with the ground upon which the house stands and the furniture therein contained to my son Frederick Campbell Pike and my grandson Colin Parsons Pike son of Joseph Pike and also the half of my pew in the Wesleyan Church in this town and to theirs lawfully begotten forever. Item I give and bequeath all my land in this town bounded north by the road south by Francis Pike east by Francis Pike and west by Spencer together with all improvements thereon except such improvements as have been already disposed of in equal parts in extent to my four sons Nathaniel Edmund Frederick and Joseph Pike and their heirs for ever- It is also my will and desire that none of my absent sons shall claim any benefit from the cultivation of the said land except the product of their own labour or at their proper expense nor that my sons or their heirs who live on or near the said land be hindered from cultivating the said land for their own benefit and at their own proper expense during such absence but no longer unless by consent sought and obtained And further it is my will and pleasure that no part of my lands and premises herein bequeathed shall ever be sold or disposed of except by and among my said sons and their heirs in perpetuity And lastly I hereby appoint my son Frederick C. Pike and John E. Pike to be the executors of this my last will and testament and hereby canceling and totally disallowing any and all former wills deeds and bequests by me or in my name heretofore made I do make constitute ordain and declare this to be my last and only lawful will and testament Signed sealed published and declared by me the said Thomas Pike at Carbonear aforesaid this nineteenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine. Thomas his X mark Pike (LS) We the undersigned John E. Pike and Joseph Peters whose names are hereunto subscribed as witnesses do hereby certify that we each saw the other sign our respective names as witnesses and together saw the said Thomas Pike sign seal pronounce and declare the above as his last and sole lawful will and testament the same having been first carefully read and explained. John E. Pike, Joseph Peters, Notary Public, Carbonear.
I the before named Thomas Pike being of perfect mind and memory do to the foregoing will and testament add this codicil to be of the same force and efficiency that is to say I give and bequeath to my grandson Reuben Pike the son of the before named Joseph all my part of the beach consisting of about fifteen yards north and south and bounded east by the sea and west by the pond and subject to the same privileges and restrictions as the former legacies. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Pike this twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine. Thomas Pike his X mark (LS) before me Joseph Peters, Notary Public, Carbonear.
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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