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Will of Edward Walmsley
In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of Edward Walmsley of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant First I order and direct that all my debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as convenient after my decease I request that my executors hereinafter named shall carry on the Seal Fishery for the present Spring after the conclusion of which it is my will and desire that my said executors shall sell and dispose of all my lands tenements and Brigs Schooners Boats and Craft together with all my merchandise and property of every description whatsoever the whole proceeds of which I hereby will and bequeath to my two sons at present minors that is to say my son John Walmsley and to my son William Walmsley share and share alike with the exception of the bequest hereinafter mentioned. It is my will and desire that my executors shall pay such sums annually for the support of my said two sons do in their minority as they shall think best and proper and it is my will that when my said eldest son John shall become of age that my said executor shall pay to him his full share of the said residue of my said estate and in like manner when my said youngest son William shall be of age my said executors will pay to him his said full share- I will and bequeath to my father Richard Walmsley and to my mother Mary Walmsley the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to them or the survivor of them by my said executors And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friends John Munn Esq. Of Harbor Grace Merchant and John Rorke Esq. Of Carbonear Merchant executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Carbonear aforesaid this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven- Edward Walmsley (Seal) Signed sealed and delivered by the within named testator in our presence having first been read over in his hearing and our hearing. Joseph H. Taylor, John Snowball, W.M.
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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