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Will of Patience Barnard
In the name of God Amen, I Patience Bernard widow of the late James Barnard of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland do by this my last will and testament give and devise to James B. Wood, Esquire of St. John's aforesaid, Merchant, in trust for the uses and purposes hereinafter specified all the property of which I may be possessed or to which I may be entitled at the time of my decease:; viz. to have & to hold or as shall seem best to him, dispose of by sale or otherwise for the benefit of my unmarried daughters Mary Barnard and Patience Barnard, share and share alike; but should either of my said daughters marry then it shall be in the power of the said James B. Wood, as Trustee, to apply my property as aforesaid if he judges it right and reasonable to the sole use and benefit of that one of my said daughters who shall remain unmarried; or in the event of both my said daughters marry & Patience being married, then it shall be in the power of my said Trustee to make restitution of my said property as to him shall appear right for the use and benefit of my three daughters that is to say, Frances wife of William Daw of Port de Grave, Planter, Mary Barnard & Patience Barnard.
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. 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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