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Will of William Aylward Senior
In the name of God Amen. The twenty eighth day of August One thousand
eight hundred and eighty one- I William Aylward of
Knights Cove Bonavista Bay, planter, being very sick and weak of body but of
perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God: Therefore
calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto
all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that
is to say principally and first of all I give and 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 nothing
doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by
the Almighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it
hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the
same in the following manner and form:
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.
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