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Will of John Pumphrey
Know all men by these presents that I John Pumphry of Harbor Grace Planter being of sound and disposing mind do make and publish this my last will and testament that is to say First I give devise and bequeath all that fishing room situate lying and being in Cox’s Cove on the Labrador and also all those fishing rooms houses & stages situate lying and being in Ragged Islands Labrador together with all my household property furniture all my netts seines of every description all other my effects that I may die possessed of whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever the same may be unto my wife Mary Pumphry for and during her natural life with the understanding that my sons Jeremiah William Daniel Isaac and Thomas shall hold use and occupy such rooms and fishing gear as they have in possession subject to the contribution of the maintenance and support of the said Mary Pumphrey and their sister Bridget Pumphry whilst she remains unmarried And I do further wish and desire that my son Thomas shall have either of the lanes leading from my dwelling house from the street to the store for the use of a shop should he desire it It is my will and wish that the property in Carbonear consisting of a dwelling house and land should be given and divided equally between my sons Jeremiah and William and should it be desired by them a dwelling house be erected on the land to be assisted by Jeremiah Isaac and Daniel for the use and occupation of my son William Jeremiah to occupy the old dwelling house not occupied by my mother during her life As witness my hand this the twenty eight day of May A.D. 1877.
John his X mark Pumphry. Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us and in his own presence and the presence of each other, James L. Prendergast, M.J. Flynn.
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)
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