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Will of Thomas Slade
In the presence of the Lord I bequeath this my last will and testament I bequeath to my eldest son and heair John Slade my house and gardens and my part of the fishing room and my gun and watch and a small gun and not to hinder his mother from staying so long as she likes on the Room- I bequeath to Mary Slade my lawful wife one quarter part of the money that shall be left on Messrs. George and James Kemps hands and John Slade my son and heair the quarter part of the money likewise and Grace Slade my daughter quarter part of the money likewise and Betsey Slade my youngest daughter one quarter part of the money likewise I bequeath to my mother Sarah Slade and my brother William Slade one heifer calf and the remainder part of my cattle to be shared between my wife and three children and if that Mary Slade my wife should not want any of the fishing skiffs and craft and casks they are to be sold and the money to be shared likewise as the above. John Slade, Trustee. Witness, John Raby, Signed in the presence of our Lord Marshall's Folly, August 28th 1817. Thomas his X mark Slade.
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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