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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of George Whitehorn
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 559-560
probate year 1864.
George Whitehorn deceased.
This is the last will and testament of George Whitehorn late of the
Parish of Ringwood in the Co. Hampshire England and now residing at Ragged Point
in the Island of Twillingate in the Northern District Island Newfoundland. Planter
First I give and devise all the right title and interest that I possess in
the fishing room with the appurtenances occupied by me and situate at Ragged
Point Twillingate aforesaid together with all the buildings thereon and the
garden and lands occupied and owned by me in and around Ragged Point all of
which are now enclosed and on which my present winter-house stands unto and
to the use of my wife Bridget Whitehorn for her use and support of my children
during such time as she may of her own choice live on that aforementioned fishing
room and premises and keep it in reasonable repair without impeachment or waste
and it is my will that the said fishing room buildings gardens lands and premises
aforementioned or implied shall at the time of the death of my wife or on her
quitting the afore devised premises to reside elsewhere then shall become the
sole property of my son Henry Whitehorn his heirs executors or administrators
for ever all of which to be subject nevertheless to the following conditions
that is to say my daughter Harriet Whitehorn and Mary
Jane Whitehorn so long
as they shall remain unmarried and no longer shall have a right to residence
on the room and maintenance therefrom they and each of them rendering such
reasonable assistance to their motherin-law, my wife Bridget Whitehorn as may
be in their power or to my son Henry Whitehorn or either of them as may be
in the actual possession of the aforementioned premises. It is further my will
with all convenient speed after my decease absolutely to sell either by public
auction or private contract first out of my fishing material consisting of
boats netts or other personal effects sufficient to pay or satisfy all my just
debts funeral and other expenses attending this my last will the remainder
of my said personal effects of every kind whatever to remain on the premises
for the use comfort and maintenance of my wife and children. I do hereby constitute
and appoint James Rice of Twillingate executor of this my
last will and testament. Dated this 25th day of February on thousand eight hundred
and sixty four. George his X mark Whitehorn (LS) Signed sealed published and
declared as and for the last will and testament of the said George
being first read over and explained to him in the presence of Thomas
Minister of St. Peter’s
Ch. Twillingate. James Rice, Depty Sheriff.
D. M. Browning
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.
Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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