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Will of William Taylor
In the name of God Amen. I William Taylor of Carbonear, Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and desire it may be received as such.
Codicil, Be it known to all whom it may concern I Willim Taylor testator to the aforesaid will and testament being this day of sound mind and memory have made the following alteration and desire it may be so received, First the Brig Lady Young being lost and my proportion of said vessel say one half being in money which together with the one half of the schooner Lavinia and what ever money else I may die possess'd of, I give to my dear wife Catherine Taylor during her life to be used as she may think proper and at her decease what may be left to be equally divided between my sons and daughter Julia Chancey. And further as it has pleased Almighty God to remove Thomas Chancey one of my former nam'd executors, I hereby constitute and appoint John Bemister to act in his stead.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written 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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 16, 2003)
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