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Will of George Ashman
In the name of God Amen. I George Ashman of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being sick and weak in health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in form and manner following, that is to say, first of all I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be entered in a Christian and decent manner and all my just and lawful debts to be paid, I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Johanna Ashman all my property in houses on Gower St and Tarahans Town and all my income arising out of lands and premises situate in this town or elsewhere And also all my moveable property in furniture &c. for her the said Johanna Ashman to use as she thinks proper during her natural life and prior to her decease I will and authorise her to divide and dispose of same as she may think proper and I also nominate and appoint Mr. Charles Dutton and Mr. Edward Lannigan to my executors to see this my last will and testament executed.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. The originals were kept by the executor. |
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