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Will of John Sparks
In the name of God Amen. The twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine I John Sparks of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland planter and carpenter being sound and perfect both of body and mind and of perfect memory thanks be given to Allmighty God knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and order 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 Allmighty God that gave it and my body recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial of my two sons Ruben and Thomas nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Allmighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner
first i give to my son William the house he now occupies and back yard and walk from the front door to the road
Second I give to my son Ruben the cabbage garden he occupied now joining the land his house stands on adding ten feet more to the westward with it allso that piece of that land the north side of the road bond by Sheppards fence eastward Northward by Snow and Ash
Third I give to my son Thomas the house i now possesses the back yard and garden south of the house the west part the garden bound by the road North and my son Ruben east allso that piece of land the north side of the road bound to the east by my son Ruben North by Ash west by the road leading to Salavins Hill this is my last will and testament whereas i set my hand and seal pronounced and declared by the said John X Sparks. Witness Stephen Sparks Senr. Stephen X Sparks Junr.
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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