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Will of John Veitch Senior
In the name of God Amen, I John Veitch Planter of Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God do make this my last will and testament I bequeath the property that I die possessed of in manner and form as follows: 1stly I bequeath to my three beloved sons George, John and Philip my western boat "Native Lass" and craft with stage flakes and store. 2ndly I bequeath to my four beloved sons George John Philip and William all my land to be equally and impartially divided among them. 3rdly I bequeath to my beloved son Philip my dwelling house , and in consideration of such bequest he is to support and maintain my dear wife Elizabeth until her death and likewise my two daughters Catherine and Frances as long as they choose to remain in the house herein mentioned. 4th I bequeath to my wife Elizabeth and my three daughters Catherine, and Frances and Mary the sum of eighty one pounds currency and also the sum of one hundred and thirty three pounds six shillings and nine pence cy (the latter sum being at present in the Savings Bank of St. John's and bearing interest at three per ct per annum) the whole amount say two hundred and fourteen pounds six shillings and nine pence cy to be shared equally among my said wife Elizabeth and my three daughters Catherine, Frances, and Mary hereinbefore mentioned. 5thly I bequeath a cow to each of my three sons John, Philip, and William. 6thly I bequeath my horse and carriage and cart to my sons Philip and William. 7thly I bequeath my barn & stable to my four sons George John Philip and William. Lastly I appoint the Very Rev. Kyran Walsh, Executor to this will and testament which I ratify and confirm to be my last. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal his 18th day of May Anno Domini 1866. John Veitch Senr (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Veitch as his last will and testament in the presence of the words "and fourteen" having first been interlined, Henry Westerman, Laurence Barron.
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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