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Will of John Pittman
In the name of God Amen. I John Pittman of Duricle in Placentia Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being at the present perfectly sound of mind and intellect though weak in body and for good reason doth know that I am about to leave this life doth first commend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently interred. I now give and bequeath to my wife Bridget Pittman my dwelling house, Cow House, store, Gardens meadows and cattle for her use and benefit so long as she lives and at her death the said house, Cow house, store, gardens meadows and cattle to become the property of my son John, to whom I also give my fishing room stage Flake Boats and Craft with all and every the appurtenances thereunto belonging to be his and his heirs for ever. I also will and desire that James Curtis shall enjoy one half of the stage and part of the Flake with the dwelling house and gardens heretofore and at present in his possession so long as he shall chose to reside in it with the proviso that he shall keep them in good repair particularly the stage and flake but if the said Curtis shall think fit to leave the house aforesaid it shall immediately do away with all his pretentions to all and every part above mentioned so that he the said Curtis shall not have power to give grant sell or lease any part or parcel thereof. And in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Duricle aforesaid this twenty ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. John his x mark Pittman (LS) Witness, Josh. Blackburn. Witness Thomas Hayes.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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