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Will of Margaret White
This, which I declare to be my last will and testament I Margaret White, widow of the late Robert White of Hogsnose Trinity, make in manner and form following
1st I give and demise to my sons Robert and Dugald the fishing room or plantation on the South side of Trinity Harbor (formerly let to John Haiter) for their use and benefit in equal shares, and as they agreed. lately to divide it, to them and to their heirs but on condition that the said property is not to be sold out of the family nor mortgaged, nor pledged for debt-
2nd The land on south side of Trinity lying between the above named Plantation and Abel Row’s premises, I give and demise as follows; to my grandson William Martin White, the potatoe garden and all the land, which was occupied in his life by his father my late son William and all the remainder of this land being hitherto used by myself as gardens, to my son John.
3rd. I give and demise to my son Dugald the old dwelling house on the Hogsnose property now occupied by my grandson James Godfrey White.
4th I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Late, my cooking stove, three silver teaspoons, a new trunk and all my personal clothing.
5th I give and bequeath to my son John (in addition to the land mentioned in article 2nd) one looking-glass, three silver tea spoons and my father’s gold ring.
6th I give and bequeath to my son Robert (besides the land at south side Trinity named in article 1st) one chest of drawers, one table & three table spoons.
7th. I give and bequeath to my son Dugald (besides the before named land and dwelling house) one clock, one table, and three silver teaspoons.
8th I give and bequeath to my grandson William Martin White (besides the potato garden at south side) ten pounds currency.
9th I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth daughter of my late son William, a silver sugar tongs and a silk dress and a brooch.
10th I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Louisa Late (daughter of Ann Late) ten pounds currency, a feather bed and bedding, a looking glass, a small stove in my bedroom, a new copper kettle, three silver teaspoons, my round table, and all the remaining furniture (not hereinbefore bequeathed) in the house I now occupy.
11th And all the residue of my money and effects of which I may die possessed, I give and bequeath in four equal shares to my sons John, Robert and Dugald or their heirs, and to my daughter Ann Late, or her heirs, but her portion shall only be paid in such manner and at such times as her brothers aforesaid John, Robert and Dugald, or a majority of them may deem proper. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Trinity Newfoundland this second day of July 1878. Margaret her X mark White (LS) Signed, sealed and declared by the said Margaret White as and for her last will and testament in presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto at the date above written, having also been first read over and explained. A.W. Bremner, A.C. Stewart.
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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