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Will of John Walker
In the year of our Lord 1866, I John Walker being of sound mind and memory do hereby make my last will & testament and first I give myself to Almighty God and dispose of my worldly estate as follows, I bequeath to my beloved son Michael Walker all and whole of my landed property with all erections thereon with all erections thereon with all my goods & chattles consisting of horse carts harness household furniture &c. &c., with this condition that he the said Michael Walker suport in comfort according to his means his aged father & mother while they live Also the said Michael walker is to pay to his sister Betsey Walker the sum of twenty pounds currency to be payed as follows that is in four instalments the first to be paid one year after this document comes in force and on every succeeding two years till the whole is paid I also will if it please God that my wife survives me that my son Michael Walker shal continue to her all due and filial obedience and give her that honour which becomes him as her son and as my last will & testament witness my hand on this the tenth day of April eighteen hundred sixty six.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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