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Will of Joseph Pinhorn
I Joseph Pinhorn of the south side of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of perfect health but mindful of my mortality do make and ordain this writing to be and contain my last will and testament. First, I desire to be decently and privately buried in the church yard of Trinity without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be. I give and bequeath to my three grandsons John Pinhorn Frank Ash and Joseph Ash all my fishing room and plantation meadows and garden with dwelling house and houses stores stage flakes situated on the south side of Trinity. I also give and bequeath whatever money may be left after my debts and funeral expenses are paid to my said grandsons John Pinhorn Frank Ash and Joseph Ash. I give and bequeath to my sister Elizabeth Hancock a living on the estate as long as she pleases to hold on and also to Mary Pinhorn widow of my son Joseph a living on the estate as long as she bears the name of Pinhorn. I will and bequeath all my household furniture cattle and stock of every description to my said three grandchildren John Pinhorn Frank Ash and Joseph Ash for the use of themselves and my sister Elizabeth Hancock and Mary Pinhorn whilst they reside on the plantation and all the residue of my effects whatever. And lastly I nominate and appoint my son-in-law Richard Ash and my daughter Martha Ash executors and trustees to see these my intentions carried into effect and to see that my granddaughter Elizabeth Pinhorn daughter of my late son Joseph be taken care of until she is of age to provide for herself I hereby revoke all other wills made by me.
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. 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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