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Will of Arabella Brett
This is the last will and testament of me Arabella Brett of Plymouth in the County of Devon England Widow. I give devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved son Charles Edgar Keen Brett, a Lieutenant in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy his heirs executors administrators and assigns all my lands tenements and hereditaments goods chattels debts and effects whatsoever belonging to me in the United Kingdom of England and Ireland also all my lands tenements hereditaments goods and chattels in the Island of Newfoundland and all my undivided share or shares of and in my late father Robert or Robin Keen’s Estate situated at Saint John’s Harbour Grace Greenspond Bonavista and Keels or in any other property belonging to the said estate situated elsewhere in the said Island to have and to hold the said lands tenements goods chattels debts effects share or shares and hereditaments aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenences unto the said Charles Edgar Keen Brett his heirs executors administrators and assigns and for his and their sole and absolute use benefit and behoof for ever And I hereby revoke and annul all former wills In witness whereof I the said Arabella Brett have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight.
Arabella Brett (seal) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix Arabella Brett as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request and in the presence of her and of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the word “appoint” having first been interlined between the eighth and ninth line from the bottom on the first page, Robt. Prowse, Samuel Mudge.
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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