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Will of Johannah Berrisford
In the name of God Amen. I Johannah Berrisford of Gooseberry Island Bonavista Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Being through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind and memory but being aware of the uncertainty of human life do make publish and declare this my last will and testament that is to say first I recommend my soul to God who gave it and desire that my body be decently buried in respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner after all my just and lawful debts are paid and discharged To my daughters Eliza Broaders Bridget Crotty Catherine Dooley Ellen Brophy and Anastatia Holwill each one shilling cy And to my two sons Patrick and Thomas Berrisford I give and bequeath all that fishing room stages house and outhouses and all the land appertaining thereto situated at the Gooseberry Island Bonavista Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Granted to me by order of His Excellency Anthony Musgrave Esqr Bearing date May 18th 1865 Registered Vol. 11 No. 29 Recorded Registered Grants and also I give and bequeath to my two sons Patrick and Thomas Berrisford all the land I own situated at Cottiers Island and Bullocks Cove in Equal shares alike or as tenants in common I also appoint my two sons Patrick and Thomas Berrisford as the executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy three. Johannah her X mark Berrisford. The foregoing instrument consisting of half a sheet was now hereto subscribed by Johannah Berrisford the testator in presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by her to be her last will and testament and we at her request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses, C.B. Brocklehurst, C.F. Brocklehurst.
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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