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Will of Richard Rankin
The property belonging to me in St. John’s which I had by my first wife is to be divided between my three sons Richard Robert & William. The house gardens household furniture cattle and everything else belonging to me at Lower Island Cove to be the property of my present wife to be disposed of if thought prudent by her and the proceeds to be expended in the maintenance of herself and my children by her as far as it will go. I request my friends John Louis Junior of Lower Island Cove and Christopher Brown of Saint John’s to be the executors of this my will. In witness whereof I hereby subscribe my name and affix my seal this thirteenth day of October A.D. 1854. Richd Rankin (LS)
August 20th 1857. My son Robert having departed this life more than a year ago the above named property belonging to me in St. John’s to be divided between Richard and William or in the event of the decease of either to the survivor. Richd. Rankin (LS)
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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