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Will of John Spencer
I John Spencer being of sound mind, a resident of Twillingate, & wishing to settle all my worldly affairs before it shall please God to take me to himself make this my last will & testament. First I commend myself to Him who redeemed me in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life Secondly I give & bequeath to James Ridout & John Ridout sons of my wife Elizabeth Spencer by her former husband John Ridout one half of the room belonging to me together with half of all gardens & lands attached to the same Thirdly I give & bequeath to Samuel Spencer Abel Spencer & Reuben Spencer my sons by my present wife Elizabeth Spencer the other half of the aforesaid room together with the other half of all gardens & lands attached to the same Fourthly I give & bequeath all nets, lines, boats &c. connected with the occupation of a fisherman to the aforesaid James Ridout John Ridout Samuel Spencer Abel Spencer & Reuben Spencer to be used by them in common or to be divided among them by mutual agreement Fifthly I leave to my wife Elizabeth Spencer aforesaid my present dwelling house & all the property contained in the same belonging to me, together with all kitchen utensils &c. for her use & benefit as long as she lives Sixthly I give to my wife Elizabeth Spencer aforesaid the third part of whatever sum of money may be due to me at this present time in the firm of Messrs. Cox & Co.; the rest to be equally divided among the aforesaid James Ridout John Ridout Samuel Spencer Abel Spencer & Reuben Spencer aforesaid Seventhly I appoint Esau Murray & William Kingsbury joint executors of this my last will & testament I trust to the aforesaid James Ridout John Ridout Samuel Spencer Abel Spencer & Reuben Spencer sons of my wife Elizabeth Spencer aforesaid for the decent maintenance of my aforesaid wife after my decease I dispose of this my estate & all property belonging to me in manner & form aforesaid after my decease. John Spencer. In witness whereof I sign this my hand in the presence of the Revd Thomas Boone Minister of St. Peter's Church & of Edward Feild Boone this nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord 186?, witnesses to the signature of the aforesaid John Spencer. Revd. Thomas Boone. Edward Feild Boone.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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