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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Reuben Ridout
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 284-285 probate
Reuben Ridout deceased.
I Reuben Ridout fisherman of Long Pond, South shore Conception Bay
do make this my last will and testament
- I give & bequeath to my son George Ridout & his heirs
for ever the half of my farm and three quarters of my land on the Point- I
also give to him one hundred and forty five pounds cash, two calves, part
use of my horse, my wearing apparel my gun and part use of my fishing gear.
- I give & bequeath to my daughter
Sarah the other half of my farm and one quarter of my land on the point, my house
and garden in front to be hers and her heirs for ever, but should she die without
issue then at her death all the land and whatsoever is left shall be fore George and
his heirs. I also give to my daughter Sarah the white cow and the use of
the horse and of the fishing gear and my bed & clothes
and red & white counterpane and one hundred pounds cash.
- I give and bequeath to my daughter Lavinia Ridout one hundred
pounds cash and the bed she uses with the covers.
- I give to my daughter Mary Squires of
Broad Cove the sum of five pounds. With George’s
own land I have nothing to do. Signed & sealed
this 9th day of December 1881 as & for my last will & testament
in token whereof I have set my mark, Reuben
his X mark Ridout. Signed in the presence
of us who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto
William his X mark Ridout. Emma
her X mark Ridout. I desire the Rev.
E. Colley to see this my will carried out. The
above was read over & explained Reuben not
being able to read. Ed. Colley.
D. M. Browning
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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