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Will of William Sansom
In the name of God Amen. I William Sansom of Kings Cove Bonavista Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I give devise and bequeath my dwelling house in Kings Cove my clock, my cabbage garden, the bed bedding and bedstead in the room downstairs, six silver spoons and the spinning wheel to my daughter Martha Brown- also two small jugs, one plated sugar tongs, and one silver salt spoon to my daughter Ann Brown- Also my seat in St-James Church Kings Cove to my daughter Martha Brown- Also one chest of drawers and one set of china to my son Joseph- Also one looking glass that stands in the bedroom to my son William Also one looking glass that stands out in the house to my son John- Also the fishing room at Otter Gulch to Joseph Sansom’s son William and James Sansom’s son Edward, the same to be equally divided between them. Also the small meadow and frost proof cellar and my garden near Curtis’ with the exception of the part already owned by my daughter Ann to my son William- Also the potato garden near the house to my son John Also the large meadow to my sons James and Joseph the same to be equally divided between them. Also the lower fishing room at Otter Gulch to John Sansom’s son William- Also one bed, seven yards tick, and bedding to John Sansom’s son William. Also one bed, nine yards tick, to my son James- Also one bed seven yards tick and bedding to my daughter Ann’s son William- Also one trunk to my granddaughter Jane Monks. Also one chest to William Sansom’s son William- Also one flowered jug to my son James- Also four gold rings to be equally divided between my daughters Ann and Martha. Also all my household furniture, glass, or crockery, clothing &c. not hereinbefore mentioned to be equally divided between my daughters Ann and Martha except one suit of clothes to my grand daughter Jane Monks And I do appoint Messrs. George Brown Senior and John Coffin, Senior, executors of this my last will and testament- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy three.
William his X mark Sansom (LS) The above instrument was signed sealed and delivered as and for his last will and testament by William Sansom in the presence of us of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other sign our our names hereto as attesting witnesses, this twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three- William Kirby, Incumbent of St. James Church - Kings Cove Edward Mifflen, Kings Cove.
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.
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