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Will of John Bragg
The last will and testament of John Bragg fisherman at present
residing in Channel in the Island of Newfoundland. Know
all men by these presents that I John Bragg fisherman of Channel in the Island
of Newfoundland do this fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and eighty five make and publish this my last will and testament
in manner following In the first place I will and bequeath to my godson William son of Emmanuel
and Catherine Bragg the sum of twenty pounds cy also to my
godson Samson son of Austin and Rosannah Martin the like sum of twenty pounds
cy also to my three children William Bragg, Emmanuel Bragg and Rosannah
Martin I will and bequeath in equal shares the remainder of all sums sums of monies
as I shall die possessed of after having deducted therefrom all necessary funeral
expenses Also to my daughter Rosannah Martin I will and bequeath that house
situate in Channel and at present occupied by her together with the garden
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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