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Will of Andrew Porter
In the name of God Amen. I Andrew Porter of Change Islands Planter at present of perfect mind & memory but afflicted with a sore disease do make this my last will and testament for the settling my worldly affairs which are as follows First my brother Henry to have the part of the gardens and other things he now holds my own part with the other property to belong to my children if they live if not the whole to belong to my mother whom I make my sole executrix of this my last will and testament to receive all monies due to me and to pay all my debts if I owe any. If my mother feels any of the above is too much for her to attend to I wish for John Jeans Senr to assist her in settling these matters to which I sign my hand this fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty. Andrew Porter X his mark. In presence of us, John Jeans Senr. Thomas Peckford X his mark. John Chaffey X his mark, Henry Scammel X his mark.
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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