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Will of William Tiller
In the name of God Amen, I William Tiller, Planter of Swains Island Newfoundland, in perfect health and memory (God be praised) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my Creator, and my body to the earth of which it was made- Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Tiller the sum of two hundred pounds currency out of Government Debenture No.117 for four hundred pounds sterling, but if the said Debenture realise less than four hundred pounds currency when sold I give and bequeath to him the half of what the said debenture sells for. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Winsor the sum of one hundred and eighty pounds currency. Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Jacob Tiller (son of George Tiller) the sum of one hundred and eighty pounds currency to be paid to him when he is come of age, and in case of his dying before he is come of age, the said sum of one hundred and eighty pounds to be divided amongst all the recipients of my property. Item. I give and bequeath to my two grandsons William and John Tiller (sons of John Tiller) the sum of ninety pounds currency each. Item. I give and bequeath to the five children of my son William Tiller, namely, James, William, Mary, Martha and Eliza the sum of two hundred pounds currency out of Government Debenture No.117 providing the said Debenture does not realise less than four hundred pounds currency, but if it does sell for less than I give and bequeath them the half of what the Debenture sells for; in either case the money to be equally divided between the above named James, William, Mary, Martha and Eliza; also to the last named James and William Tiller I give, devise and bequeath all that the dwelling house in which their father formerly lived, situate on Swaines Island, and at present in the occupation of William and John Tiller (sons of John Tiller) together with the garden attached. Item. I give devise and bequeath to my grandson Charles Payne the sum of one hundred and eighty pounds currency together with all that my dwelling house grounds, garden and stage situate on what is commonly known as Stockley's Island and all and every my goods, chattels, tools, implements of trade, and other property in my possession at my death. No monies to be paid to any of the parties until one year after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath the sum of five pounds currency to the Rev John Goodacre Cragg of Pinchard's Island, whom I appoint my sole executor and I authorize him to divide the remainder of my property, real and personal, as he shall deem best after paying all lawful expences.
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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