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Will of John Tremills
In the name of God Amen. I John Tremills of Petty Harbor of St. John’s Newfoundland Planter being now in a declining state of health but of a sound and disposing mind and memory do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath all my right title and interest in and to a fishing room, stage flake, farm, farmhouse and garden at Flatrock, dwelling house, kitchen garden, outhouses, horse, carriage, carts farming utensils, boats, fishing gear, furniture and a piece of ground situated near the fishing room and adjoining Richard Allen’s property, and all appurtenances thereunto belonging, with all goods, chattels and anything else I may possess unto my wife Elizabeth Tremills as long as she remains a widow but in the event of her death or her marrying again I will that the fishing room stage flake outhouses, fishing gear, farm, farmhouse, farming materials and the garden at Flatrock be divided among my relations in manner following, that is to say, I give and bequeath to my nephew Ralf Tremills his heirs administrators or assigns the dwelling house and garden near Flatrock which he at present occupies also my fishing room, stage, flake, outhouses and fishing gear- I further will that the said Ralph Tremills pay or cause to be paid to his father James Tremills of Widicomb on the Moor near Ashbourne for the term of his natural life the sum of two pounds sterling, yearly, out of the income of the said fishing room, and after his father’s death I will that the said two pounds be paid yearly to his two sisters Mary Tremills and Nancy Tremills. I give and bequeath to my brother James Tremills and my sister Mary Lee jointly, their heirs or assigns my farmhouse, farm and farming utensils situate on the Bay Bulls road about six miles from St. John’s. I give and bequeath to John Saterlay his heirs and assigns half the garden at Flatrock opposite his own premises. I give and bequeath to Maria Chafe of Robert (deceased) the remaining half of the said garden at Flatrock namely the eastern half. In witness whereof I the said testator John Tremills have to this my last will and testament, set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
John Tremills (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator John Tremills as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, John Bishop, Ralph Tremills, Jacob Bishop.
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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