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Will of Richard Berney
In the name of Almighty God Amen- I the undersigned Richard Berney of Carbonear in the Northern District of Newfoundland, N.D. being weak in body but sound in mind and memory do by this my last will and testament bequeath my soul to Almighty God and my body to the earth- I also will and bequeath to my beloved wife Alice Berney all my real and personal property (that is to say) two dwelling houses situate on the main street at Harbor Grace in the said District and all moneys that I may possess or have lodged in the Savings Banks in Saint John’s and Harbor Grace, together with my household furniture and all other property I may own or possess at the time of my death I bequeath the whole to my wife Alice aforesaid. Given under my hand and seal at Carbonear aforesaid the eighth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy one,
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)
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