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Will of James Preston
Twillingate, Dec. 15, 1843. I James Preston being of sound mind and considering the uncertainties of life & the many accidents to which I may be exposed in undertaking a voyage across the Atlantic this season of the year make now my will and testament. Placing my trust in God and professing my belief in the truth of Christianity I give and bequeath to my beloved children James Henry Preston and Joseph John Preston all monies due to me by Messrs. Willm Cox & Co. Merchants of the Town of Poole in the County of Dorset which monies are to remain in the hands of the said Merchants until the aforesaid children James Henry Preston and Joseph John Preston have arrived at the age of twenty one years when the elder of the aforesaid children is twenty one years of age he may if he wishes it draw his moiety out of the hands of Messrs. Willm Cox & Co. but the other moiety which is reserved for the younger son is not to be drawn until the said younger son Joseph John Preston is of age.
|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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