Source: TNA, PROB 11/1139
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In the Name of God Amen I John Parker of Bonavista Harbour in the Island of Newfoundland being weak in Body but of sound Mind and Memory thanks be to God for it Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First I give and commend my Soul unto the hands of almighty God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth from whence it came in hopes of a joyful Resurrection through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ and as for what worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof as follows Imprimis I give demise and bequeath unto Mary Sheppard of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid the Sum of One hundred Pounds I do also give demise and bequeath unto Elizabeth Besant of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid the Sum of One hundred Pounds I do also give demise and bequeath unto my loving Sister Sarah Skiffington of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid the Sum of One hundred Pounds I do also give demise and bequeath unto Sarah Beacon Daughter of Joseph and Sarah Skiffington of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid the Sum of One hundred Pounds I do also give demise and bequeath unto Martha Skiffington Daughter of Joseph and Sarah Skiffington of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid the Sum of One hundred Pounds I do also give demise and bequeath unto the poor of Bonavista Harbour one hundred pounds to be distributed according to the Discrecion of my Executrix amongst the Poor of this place as she shall apprehend most to want such assistance And as for my Burial I give fifty pounds I desire it may be decent at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite Prudence Finally I do by these presents make nominate ordain constitute and appoint Mary Sheppard of Bonavista Harbour in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby making all other Nul and void In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal at Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid this Day of October 4th and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three John Parker his Mark In the presence of us Bucklen Sheppard Nicholas Walsh Daniel Spald his Mark Appeard Personally Bucklen Sheppard of Bonavista Harbour in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant now residing in the Town and County of Poole and William Smart of Bonavista Harbour aforesaid Planter now also residing in the said Town and County of Poole and severally made Oath upon the Holy Evangelists and first the said Buckler Sheppard for himself deposed that he hath perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John Parker late of Bonavista Harbour aforesaid deceased and that the obliteration of the sixth and seventh Lines and part of the eighth Line now appearing in the last side or page of the said Will and containing a Bequest of twenty pounds to Ann Dewey was made as this Examinant verily believes in the life time of the said Testator and by his Directions for this Examinant saith that the said Ann Dewey died in the life time of the said Testator and that very soon after her death the said Testator desired this Examinant to direct on Abraham Akerman of Bonavista Harbour aforesaid who drew the said Will and in whose Custody the same then was to strike the said Ann Deweys Legacy out of the said Will and this Examinant accordingly delivered such Message to the said Abraham Akerman and the said Abraham Akerman having afterwards told this Examinant that he had struck out the said bequest this Examinant acquainted the said Testator with its being so done and he thereupon expressed his approbation thereof and this Examinant further deposed that the said Abraham Akerman immediately after the said Testators funeral produced the said Will to the Relations of the said Testator and that the same was at the time it was so produced in the same state and condition in every respect as the same is in at this present time and this Examinant apprehends and believes that the said Will remained in the Custody of the said Abraham Akerman from the time it was executed till it was so produced by him as aforesaid And this Examinant further deposed that the Christian name of Elizabeth Bezant to whom a Legacy of one hundred Pounds is given by the said Will was as he verily believes written on an Erazure before the said Will was signed and executed by the said Testator and that the Christian name of Mary Sheppard the Executrix named and appointed in and by the said Will (and who is the Wife of the Examinant) was walso written twice on an Erazure before the said will was signed and executed by the said Testator the Drawer of the said Will having by mistake as this Examinant verily believes inserted this Examinant's name in both the places where the said two last mentioned Erazures appear instead of the name of his said Wife and that this Examinant's name was erased in both places and the name of Mary his Wife inserted in its room by the direction of the said Testator And this Examinant saith that the word Exector was also altered into Executrix in two places in the said Will where the latter part of the word Executrix now appears to be written on Erazures before the same was executed by the said Testator And this Examinant further deposed that he was present when the said Testator signed and executed the said Will he being one of the subscribing Witnesses thereto and that except the obliteration hereinbefore first mentioned the same is as this Examinant verily believes in the same plight and Condition in every respect as when the same was so signed and executed And both the Examinants Buckler Sheppard and William Smart depose that the said Testator died in the Month of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty three And that the Ann Dewey died in the latter end of October or some time in the Month of November preceeding the death of the said Testator Buckler Sheppard The Mark of William Smart The ninth Day of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty six the said Buckler Sheppard and William Smart were duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit by virtue of the Commission hereunto annexed before me Saml ????oner In the presence of John Lee Notary Publick This Will was proved at London the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six before the Right Worshipfull Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Mary Sheppard (wife of Buckler Sheppard) the sold Executrix named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased was granted she having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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