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Will of Thomas Starks
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Starks of Burtons Cove, near Nippers Harbor, Cape John Shore, Bay of Notre Dame in the Northern District in the Island of Newfoundland After payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expences I give and bequeath unto my son David Starks and his sons, to my son William Starks and his sons to my son John Starks and his sons, and to my son George Starks and his sons all my landed property that is my fishery room and gardens and all my land situated in the said Burtons Cove near Nippers Harbor- Cape John Shore Bay of Notre Dame, Northern District in the Island of Newfoundland- I also give devise and bequeath to my said sons and their sons all my property viz Schooner and "gears" - fishing boats- skiffs and punts all description of fishing gear and netts, also household property &furniture &books all to be equally divided by my fore named sons After the death of my beloved wife Elizabeth Starks, it is also my request that my beloved wife Elizabeth Starks shall be well and comfortably supported by my forenamed sons during her lifetime- I give and bequeath to my sons David, William, John and George the sum of one hundred pounds each, sterling money- I also give and bequeath to my sons David, William, John and George, and also to my daughters Marianne Randall and Sarah Ridout, the sum of four hundred pounds sterling, to be equally divided among them, that is sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence sterling each, or in other words after my sons have been paid- one hundred pounds sterling each, as stated above the remaining balance to be equally divided between my four sons and two daughters before named whatever it may be- And I hereby appoint Joseph James Pearce of Twillingate Newfoundland and my son David Starks executors of this my last will, as witness my hand at Twillingate in the aforesaid Island of Newfoundland this 13th day of September 1861,
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)
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