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Will of Mary Taylor
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Taylor of Carbonear Widow of the deceased Richard Hayward Taylor of Carbonear Planter do hereby make this my last will and testament and wish it to be received as such by all it may concern. I give and bequeath to my two sons Solomon Taylor and George Taylor all my landed property situate at Burnt Head in this town equally- Also the dwelling in their present occupancy together with the garden and yard in front, north of my present dwelling house- I give to my son Richard Hayward Taylor my dwelling house which I now occupy together with all the furniture yard outhouses and appurtenances, also the garden in front, also the land north of my sons Solomon and George’s to the brook- also jointly with them the free use of the cellar in the garden south of Main Street And I do hereby desire that the above mentioned property be held respectively as above stated by my sons Solomon Taylor, George Taylor and Richard Hayward Taylor In trust during their natural lives for the benefit of their sons hereafter- I give to my two grandsons Douglas Taylor and Stewart Taylor offspring of my deceased son Joseph Hayward Taylor my garden south of the main street to within four feet of the edge of the Bank, which is to be left at all times for a road together with the dwelling house and all other erections and outhouses thereon- I give to my three sons Solomon Taylor George Taylor and Richard Hayward Taylor the fishing room at Cape Charles Labrador- the same as at present in their occupancy- I give to my two grandsons Douglas Taylor and Stewart Taylor the stores at Cape Charles Labrador formerly occupied by my late son deceased Joseph Hayward Taylor and it is my wish and request that my son Richard Hayward Taylor be guardian to my two grandsons Douglas and Stewart and that the property hereby left to them be under his directions for their sole benefit untill such time as they are eligible to provide for themselves and take the management thereof- but with the understanding that the widow of my deceased son can remain in the house during her widowhood and that she can personally occupy the Cape Charles property as left to my said grandsons Douglas and Stewart Taylor- but in all matters relating to the renting or letting of any of the aforesaid property she cannot have any authority whatever which authority is hereby vested in the said Richard Hayward Taylor to do in all matters the best for their mutual benefit I constitute and appoint Messrs. John F. Apsey and Frederick T. Bemister my true and lawful executors to this my last will and testament- Signed in the presence of witnesses revoking & disannulling any former will- this the twenty first day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five-
Mary X Taylor (LS) Witness to signature by mark & sealed in presence of William F. Taylor, Richard Taylor of John.
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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