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17th October 2002
Joseph Cobbeduck witnessed Last Will & Testament 1812
I found this document only this morning August 14, 2002   It is the last Will & Testament of George Morgan and is witnessed by Joseph Cobbeduck 1812 This document is an important genealogical find. It is the oldest document I now have showing a Coveduck and Morgan connection in 1812 and Joseph Cobbeduck signed it in Port de Grave, he had to be born in the 1700's and that will bring us closer to the Coveduck Plantation in 1760.
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William Coveduck

Morgan, George

MORGAN, George 1812 Daniel's Hold, Port-de-Grave, Conception Bay

In the name of God, Amen. I, George MORGAN, Sen., of Port-de-Grave, Daniel's Hold, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors and as leaving[?] such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life , I give divide and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First, I give and bequeath unto my son William MORGAN all the ____________, the Plantation which he now possesseth[?] to have and to hold, the same to him and his heirs for ever.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons George and James MORGAN all and every the remainder and part and parts of the said room on Plantation, to be equally divided betwixt them both as soon as it might be convenient and they both agree to divide or have the same divided between them both, and to have and to hold the same with every part thereof to them and their heirs forever.

Signed, Sealed and published in ____[looks like 73], Daniels Hold in Port-de-Grave aforesaid.

Witness present George MORGAN, Senior
Jno. TUCKER (His mark)
Henry (his mark) WARFORD[?]

A Codicil to George MORGAN'S will
Be it known to all men by these presents that I, George MORGAN, have made and declared my last Will and Testament in writing, bearing date the 21st day of October, 1812. I the said George MORGAN do give unto my son George Morgan all and every part according as the will expresses. I do now give it all and any part &c as mentioned in the said will into his possession to have and to hold the same to him, his heirs and assigns from this time forth and forever to do with it all and every part thereof as he might think proper to do with it. My son George is to maintain and to do for me while I might live or remain alive in this world and my meaning is that this shall be and stand in full force to my son George and his heirs &c forever.
Witness my hand this seventh day of October, One thousand eight hundred and fourteen.

Signed in the George MORGAN, Senior
presence of us (His mark)
October 21st, 1812

George MORGAN does give and bequeath the part of the Plantation &c that is mentioned within for his son James, deceased, is to be for my son George's son James, my grandson.

Witness George MORGAN
John TUCKER (His mark)

Harbor Grace, 21st July 1823

This original will produced by George MORGAN of Port-de-Grave to be recorded, which is admitted to be enrolled in the Surrogate Book of Record.

Oliver St JOHN, Surrogate

The within documents sworn to be the originals.

(his mark)
21st July 1823
Oliver St JOHN,

The foregoing instrument of writing commencing page 672 and ending 674 exhibited for enrolment on the 21st day of July 1823 thus done and the request of George Morgan this 21st day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty ____, being duly examined and confirmed by me.

By order of the Surrogate,
Oliver St JOHN, Esquire

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