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Will of John Randall
In the name of God Amen. The fourth day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifty six. I John Randall of Greenspond being sick but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto Almighty God knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my executors And as touching my worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner, First, I give and bequeath to my grandson John Wally Hobbs son of my daughter Susan all my seal nets, salmon nets, herring nets, grapnels, moorings, gun, punt and all my tools, also my bed and all my bedding and also all my wearing apparel. Also I give and bequeath to George Saunders and to Elizabeth his wife, my dwelling house, clock, all my furniture moveable and immoveable, my store house, all my gardens and cellar situated in Greenspond. Also I give and bequeath to my sister Mary Anne Raindle of Christchurch, Hants, England after all my funeral expenses and debts are paid) all my money here in Greenspond, Saint John or any other places in this country of Newfoundland. Likewise all my money and rents due to me at my death in the hands of George and William Ferry living in Christchurch, Hants, England. I likewise constitute and appoint the Reverend Robert W. Dyer & John Musson, Esquire, jointly to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other wills and testaments, willed and bequeathed by me, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
|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 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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