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Will of John Ridout Senior
In the name of God Amen. I John Ridout of Cape Freels Newfoundland being sound in mind though weak in body do make this my last will and testament on this thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three. First of all I commit my body to the ground and my spirit to God who gave it. The whole of my real and personal estate I bequeath as follows: To my sister Renney Granger of Bradford near Sherbourne I give and bequeath the sum of twenty pounds sterling; to my brother William Ridout of the last named place the sum of ten pounds sterling; to my daughter Margaret Ridout the sum of ten pounds sterling; to my daughter Mary Cook the sum of ten pounds sterling; to the four youngest daughters of Susan Humphreys the sum of two pounds ten shillings each; to Mary Napper and Fanny Rook (first cousins) of No. 3 Landport Terrace Portsmouth the sum of five pounds each; to Jonas Ridout (grandfather’s money) the sum of twenty pounds sterling; to Charles Ridout when he is come of age the sum of twenty pounds; to Anne Collins and Jane Ridout the sum of ten pounds each; to each of my four sons (viz) John, Peter, James and Jacob the sum of one hundred pounds sterling; to my wife Ann Ridout the sum of one hundred pounds sterling. William Ridout is to have a boat built at the labour and expense of my four sons (viz) each son to pay five pounds towards it. The whole of my personal and remaining property to be equally divided (after deducting five pounds out of it for the Revd. William John Milner, Greenspond, whom I appoint as my sole executor) between John, Peter, James and Jacob (my sons) I give one pound for whoever preaches my funeral sermon, providing it be by a Minister of the Church of England. John Ridout. Witness to the signature, John Goodacre Cragg, Clergyman of the Ch. of England, James Ridout, William John Milner, Clergyman of the Church of England, Greenspond.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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