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Will of John Snow
In the name of God Amen. The third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one. I John Snow of Bay Roberts in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of an advanced age but otherwise of perfect health and of sound mind and memory thanks be given to God Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried with decent Christian burial along with my wife and children nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form-
First I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Lot Snow that part of my property situate in Bay Roberts aforesaid consisting of dwelling house plantation and fishing room at present in his occupancy and bounded on the east by Isaac Mercers property and on the west by that part of my property in the occupancy of my son Abner Snow. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Abner Snow that part of my property situate in Bay Roberts aforesaid consisting of dwelling house plantation and fishing room at present in his occupancy and bounded on the east by that part of my property in the occupancy of my son Lot Snow and on the west by that part of my late property but now the property of my grandson John Snow (son of Abner Snow) by virtue of a deed of Gift from me to him. Thirdly I give and bequeath unto the aforenamed Lot Snow and Abner Snow all that dwelling house, outhouses, stores, counting house and shop, wharves and waterside premises with garden and meadow land attached thereunto situate near Snow's Cove in Bay Roberts aforesaid and now in the occupancy of Mr. Donald McLellan and bounded on the east by Thomas Carraway's Room and on the west by Abraham French's Room and on the north by a garden belonging to James Carraway and on the north east by a meadow belonging to Thomas Carraway to be by them equally possessed and enjoyed during their natural life, And my meaning and intention is that the same shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of by them but that it shall be left to their respective heirs &c. for ever to remain in the possession of my male descendants. Fourthly, Unto my well beloved daughter Naomi Russell I give and bequeath the sum of three pounds of the current money of Newfoundland to be raised and levied out of the rent arising from that part of my property situate near Snow's Cove and to be paid to her by the aforenamed Lot Snow and Abner Snow or their heirs and successors on the thirty first day of December in every year during her lifetime. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul, all and every former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors And I do now constitute and appoint my friend Charles Calpin of Bay Roberts my executor to this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this and no other In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
|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 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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