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Will of Samuel Brenton Senior
This is the last will and testament of Samuel Brenton Sen of Burin Placentia Bay in the Island of Newfoundland. I hereby give devise and bequeath to my wife Catherine Brenton while she lives, for her own use and benefit all my estate and effects, both real and personal, whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what nature and quality soever, with the exception of a property in Mortier Bay which I hereby give devise and bequeath to my grandson Barnett Brenton, his heirs executors and administrators, for his own use and benefit, absolutely and for ever. Also a new Fishing Boat with all her gear and apparel, which I hereby give, devise and bequeath in equal shares to my two grandsons Thomas and Charles Brenton their heirs executors administrators for their own use and benefit absolutely and for ever; also a watch to my son Samuel and a watch to each of my grandsons Thomas, Charles, Barnet and John Brenton, their heirs, executors & administrators for their own use and benefit absolutely and for ever. On the death of my wife Catherine Brenton all my estate and effects, both real and personal, whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature and quality soever with the exception of the property in Mortier Bay, the fishing boat and the five watches, are to become the property and I hereby give devise and bequeath it to my four grandsons Thomas, Charles, Barnet and John Brenton in equal shares, their heirs, executors and administrators for them and their own use and benefit absolutely and for ever. And I hereby appoint William Bertram Payne, Merchant of Burin in Placentia Bay sole executor of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of June, one thousand eight hundred & eighty (at 5 P.M.) Samuel his X mark Brenton. Signed by the said Samuel Brenton in the presence of us, present at the same time, who in his presence and in the presence of each other attest and subscribe our names as witness hereto, Thomas Gorman. William Goodridge.
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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