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Will of John White Senior
In the name of God Amen. I John White Senior, Planter of Shallop Cove, Greenspond, Bonavista Bay, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. First, I commit my body to the ground and my soul into the hands of my Creator. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughters Sarah and Dinah, the sum of ten pounds each out of the £500 in Mr. Duder’s hands. Item. I give and bequeath to my son John, my share of the vessel (“Phebe Jane”) and her gear. Item. The house in which I now dwell I give & bequeath to my son James. Item. I give my two seal nets, the long one to George and the short one to John, my sons, with their moorings. Item. All the money and property I die possessed of, and not otherwise bequeathed, I give devise and bequeath to my six sons and grandson, viz: John, George, Edward, James, William Samuel and Robert (Jonas’ son) to be equally divided between them. Item I give, devise and bequeath the sum of five pounds to the Revd John Goodacre Cragg, whom I constitute and appoint as executor of this my will. The mother of Robert (Frances Wix) to have no control over Robert’s share. Signed sealed and delivered this fourteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five. Signed John his X mark White (LS) In the presence of us, who in the presence of each other (after hearing the contents read over) have set our hands and seals, this same fourteenth day of June A.D. 1875. Andrew Pond X his mark (LS) James Berry (LS) James Pond (LS)
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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