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Will of Joseph Saunders
In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Saunders of Kings Cove Bonavista Bay Planter, being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give & recommend my would into the hand of Almighty God that gave 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 receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching shuch worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath to Martha my dearly beloved wife the interest of my funded money in England together with the hire of my fishing room in this place. Also I give to Martha the daughter of my late son John the sum of twenty pounds sterling. And also to each of the four children of Richard Dykes I give twenty pounds stirling. Also I give to my three daughters Mary Sansom, to Elizabeth Brown and to Sarah Brown all that remains of my funded money at England after the discease of the above Martha Saunders The fishing room to be given at the discease of my wife to the two brothers Thomas and James Brown to be equally divided between them together with the store house and to William Sansom the dwelling house the fisherman's house and gardens & sellar house. I do likewise constitute make and ordain Mr. John Coffin the sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Codicil. In addition to the aforementioned sum of twenty pounds sterling to be paid to my grandchild Martha Sanders I now bequeath the sum of twenty pounds more making in all the sum of forty pounds. Joseph Saunders. Kings Cove 10th July 1841. Witness, J. Stewart, John Coffin, Thomas Walley.
|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. |
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