Source: TNA, PROB 11/1221
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In the Name of God Amen I John Sweet Inhabitant of Trinity in Newfoundland being of a sound and disposing Mind and Memory thanks be to God for it do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following First of all I recommend my Soul to Almighty God through the Merits of Jesus Christ and my Body to the Dust to be Buried at the Discretion of my Mother and Sister Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Mother Mary Sweet all my wearing Apparel Furniture and all and every Sum or Sums of Money that I shall or may be possessed of at the time of my Decease whether in England or here in whose hands so ever it may appear to be she paying out of it twenty Pounds to my Sister Ann Sweet If I am Possessed of so much at the time of my Decease but not otherwise and more I Give and Bequeath unto my Mother Mary Sweet all my Stages Flakes Beach Boats Sails Netts and all other kind of Fishing Craft belonging to the Premises likewise Dwelling House Cow house Store house Gardens and Meadow Ground to her for her natural Life and after her Decease I Give and Bequeath the same to my Brother William Sweet and his Heirs and he or they to pay my Sister Ann Sweet six Pounds P year for the same if she should be then unmarried and she my Sister Ann Sweet to have a living on the Room until she can conveniently go to England and if she remarries her yearly ???? of six pounds is then to cease Lastly I constitute make and ordain my Mother Mary Sweet to be my Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In witness of which I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Fifth Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three John Sweet his mark Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be where no stamp paper to be had the last Will and Testament in presence of Willm Pittman Henry Hitchcock Ann Sweet AS her mark On the eighteenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two Administration (with the Will annexed) of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of John Sweet late of the Bay of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Deceased was granted to Ann Dampier formerly Sweet (Wife of Thomas Dampier the natural and lawful Sister and one of the next of kin of the said Deceased being first sworn by Commission duly to Administer Mary Sweet widow the Mother of the said Deceased and the sole Executrix named in the said will dying without taking upon her the Execution thereof and no Residuary Legatee being therein named
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