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Will of Joseph Skinner
This is the last will of me Joseph Skinner of St. John’s Farmer I give devise and bequeath all my property estate and effects real and personal of what nature and kind soever to my executors hereinafter named and their heirs upon the trusts nevertheless following that is to say: First with respect to the farm upon which I now reside and all the stock furniture farming implements cattle and utensils whatsoever now on the said farm or thereto belonging, upon trust to permit my daughter Susannah and her husband to hold use and enjoy the same during the term of her natural life and after her decease to apply and appropriate the same and the rents issues and profits thereof to the use benefit and behoof of the children of my said daughter her surviving in which appropriation the children of a deceased child of my said daughters shall represent their deceased parent. Provided that this devise shall be subject in the hands of my said Trustees to an annual annuity of ten pounds currency to be paid to my daughter Mary for the term of fifteen years should she so long live, and should she die before the expiration of that time such annuity shall be paid during the remainder of the said term, to her children her surviving- Secondly, with respect to my farm of twenty two acres near Branscombes Pond, upon the trust to dispose of the same, and the rents issues and profits thereof, to such uses ends intents and purposes as my said daughters Susannah and Mary shall by writing under their hands independently of the debts liabilities and control of their husband direct and appoint. I revoke all former wills by me heretofore made and appoint my friends John Eales and William Blackler executors and trustees of this my will. Joseph his X mark Skinner. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as his last will in our presence who in his presence have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses at St. John’s this ninth day of April 1859 the said will having been previously read over and explained to the said testator. Hugh W. Hoyles Robt. J. Kent.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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