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Will of Christopher Bolt
In the name of God Amen. I Christopher Bolt at present of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Master Mariner being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this twenty fifth day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty nine make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following: First I desire to be decently buried without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be and as to such worldly property as God of His goodness hath bestowed upon me I give and dispose thereof as follows - That is to say I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Bolt and for her disposal to whom she might think proper All those my freehold lands and premises as follows, viz. One part of piece of land situated in Water Street opposite the premises of Messrs. Hunters and Company bounded on the west by the estate of John Fry on the east by W.B. Calver and on the north by Coady’s estate Also one other piece or parcel of land situate on the Chain Rock Road leading to the Battery and also one other piece or parcel of land situated at Ferryland in the Southern District of this Island, All of which are now in possession of my wife Sarah Bolt and Joseph McLarty To have and To hold all and every the said premises with the appurtenances thereunto belonging situated as aforesaid to her the said Sarah Bolt for her use and to the use of her issue or to be disposed of in any way she may think proper together with all my household furniture, the rest residue and remainder of all my property whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind and quality whatsoever the same may be, and not herein before given and disposed of after payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses and legacy hereinafter named. I do hereby give and bequeath the same unto my dear wife the said Sarah Bolt. I also desire and request that my said wife shall out of the above estate apply for the maintenance and support of the said Joseph McLarty after his means are gone as far as my wife is able, during his natural lifetime. And I do hereby make, ordain, constitute and appoint my said wife Sarah Bolt and Joseph McLarty executrix and executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Christopher Bolt (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said testator Christopher Bolt as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. James McLarty (LS) William R. Best (LS) The twelfth line interlined with the words “part of”, The nineteenth line interlined with the words “and Joseph McLarty”, James McLarty, William R. Best, Fredk R. Page.
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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