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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph Sheppard


Will of Joseph Sheppard
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 107 probate year 1852

In re
     Joseph Sheppard      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Sheppard at present of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Labourer being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this sixth day of October Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty two make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First, I desire to be decently buried with as little expence as may be and I give and bequeath unto Henry Crickenton the sum of ten pounds current money of the Island aforesaid to be paid to him by my executor hereinafter named, when he the said Henry Crickinton shall have become of the age of twenty years. I also give and bequeath to the said Henry Crickinton my silver watch the same to be delivered to him immediately after my interment, Also I give and bequeath to Sophia Crickinton, daughter of the late Abraham Crickinton, my feather bed and bedding, also to my brother William one fourth of whatever money I may die possessed of after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses Also to my two sisters residing in Great Britain one fourth each and in the event of the death of either then her share or portion to go to her heirs to be divided equally between them, And also I give and bequeath unto Mary Terry for her own sole use and benefit the remaining fourth of whatever amount of money I may die possessed of after deducting all just claims on my said estate, and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Charles Rankin sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annullying all former and other wills by me at any time heretobefore made and lastly I will and direct that my said executor shall and may retain all the costs charges and expenses he may sustain or be put to in the proving and execution of this my last will.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid the day and year first above written.
Joseph his X mark Sheppard (LS)
Signed sealed and declared by the said testator Joseph Sheppard as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto (being first read over & explained), John Power,     Samuel Bowden.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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