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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Sharpe


Will of James Sharpe
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 320 probate year 1858

In re
     James Sharpe      deceased.

I James Sharpe of Crow Head in the Island of Twillingate being of sound mind make this my last will and testament.     First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Sharpe for her use & benefit all the house, premises, lands, belonging to me in the aforenamed place, as well as cattle, boats, nets & whatever else I may own, as well as all debts which may be due to me at the time of my death subject only to these conditions or exceptions. Secondly I will that all my sons as long as they remain upon the room & with my wife aforesaid shall have the use of all boats & Nets to me belonging as well as the joint use of stores & stages & flakes, erected for the purposes of the fishery. Thirdly, I will that if my sons Uriah Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe, Solomon Sharpe & James Sharpe should remove from the premises & not live with my wife Elizabeth Sharpe, that they shall have a gun & a bed apiece, Fourthly, I give to my son Richard Sharpe a capped gun, Fifthly I appoint John Anstey of Front Harbour my sole executor.
Sixthly, I give to my beloved wife aforesaid a free and unreserved right to all properties to me belonging at the time of my death whether real or personal to be not only enjoyed & used by her during life but also to be disposed of or sold in whatever way she may think proper after her death.
In witness whereof I sign my name this fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four- James Sharpe his X mark.     Witnesses, James May, Thomas Boone.
We the undersigned bear witness that the mark made after the name James Sharpe was made by the aforesaid James Sharpe in the presence of Mr. John Anstey & in the presence of us, Thomas Boone, James Way.

Certified correct,
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. 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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