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Will of Thomas Brace
The last will and testament of Thomas Brace of Quidi Vidi who is now very ill in body but perfectly sound in mind- I bequeath the whole of my property in the house, fishing room, back ground furniture in the house and every other property of which I am possessed after my just debts are paid excepting a piece of ground occupied by Zachariah Badstone which I give to my daughter Mary to my wife Mary Brace to use so long as she continues a widow and leads a Christian life and after her death marriage or otherwise as aforesaid the said property to revert to my two sons Nathan and Abraham my son Abraham to have the management of it untill Abraham is of age should he not be so when it comes into their possession & my daughters I leave to the care of their mother and brothers Quidi Vidi August 30th A.D. 1858. Thomas his X mark Brace. Witnesses, Charles Pedley John B. Bulley.
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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