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Will of Martin Shephard Rowe
In the name of God Amen, The fourteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and sixty six, I M. Shephard Rowe of Heart’s Content Fisherman of Trinity Bay being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament at the same time revoking all former wills made by me at the same time declaring this to be my last will and testament.
1st I give unto my son Jeremiah Rowe & his mother Crsteaner Rowe the land and the house to the street with a straight line bounded is by my brother James Rowe sons fens and after my wife Cristeanah Rowe deceas the house and land belongs to Jerimah Rowe forever.
11. I give unto my wife Cristeanah Rowe the cow & calf.
111. The Back Land to be divided between the four sons Eli Rowe and James Rowe and Thomas Rowe & Martin Rowe each with an equal part.
1111 All the Fishing Room to be at the the disposal for the use of the children.
11111 That the Room be equal divided & not to be sold or taken for debt but shall at all times be for childerns childrens At the same time I do appoint Mr. William Legg & Charles Randell executors of this my last will and testament to wich I have set my hand and seal this fourth Teenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six,
Martin Shephard Rowe X (LS) Witness Henry his X mark Rowe. William his X mark Legg
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.
Contributed by John Rowe - London, ON and also by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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