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Will of John Richards
In the name of God Amen, I John Richards of Bareneed in Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter, being in sound mind and aware that it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make and sign this my last will and testament, First I surrender my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching him to grant it an entrance into His Heavenly Kingdom through the alone merits of Jesus Christ our Lord and my body I request may be decently buried in the burial ground attached to Established Church of England I give and bequeath all my land and property thereon (including residence outhouses &c &c- situated at Port de Grave being at present in the occupation of Mr. James Keeping, also my property situated at the Dock adjoining the land of Mr. John Nevill to my four daughters namely Elizabeth, Anne, Mary and Emma (or in case of their death to their lawful children) the aforesaid property to be sold and the proceeds to be equally divided between my aforenamed four daughters or their children. Also I give and bequeath my property including residence, furniture, outhouses, gardens, stores, stages &c. &c. situated at Bareneed also my property at Cubits and my property at Souther Gut equally between my dear wife Ann and my son Isaac the said portion so willed and bequeathed to my wife to become on her decease the property of my son Isaac I also give and bequeath to my dear wife one third part of my vessel named the Volant (being the only one now in my possession) the remaining two thirds of the said vessel I give to my son Isaac. I also desire that my son Isaac shall decently keep and maintain my unmarried daughter Emma until such time as she may be married. I further name and appoint my son Isaac, Mr. James Keeping (my son-in-law and Mr. Edward Killigrew (my son-in-law as my executors to carry into intentions this my last will and testament by whom I desire my just debts shall be paid and all monies due to me be received. To this my last will and testament I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.
|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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