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Will of William Ridout
In the name of God Amen. I William Ridout of South West Arm New Bay being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for 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 hand of Almighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receve the sam again by the mighty power of God and as tuching such worlding estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the folloing manner and form First I give and bequeath to Joseph Rowsell the sum of £35..2.6 of lawful mony of England My chest and bead I give to James Randel of Fogo and I do hereby uterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed 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 hand-written 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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