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Will of Edward Brewer
In the name of God Amen. the 21st day of May 1888. I Edward Brewer of Spoon Cove Burin in the Island of Newfoundland planter being in sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. First I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Jane Woundy all that piece of land already cultivated from the southeast end of her dwelling house in a line to the salt water and bounded on the north by land belonging to Seth Smith enclosed by a wood fence to have and to hold during the term of her natural life and after her decease to her children forever Secondly I give to my son John Brewer that parcel of land adjoining the afforesaid and extending south as far as the southern end of the lower Hay Barn & running parrelel to the southern end of the upper Barn thence to the gate or entrance from main road, together with one half of the back meadow stage and flake and store until another of the latter be erected & after his death to his childrens children Third I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Brewer during the term of her natural and afterward to my son Robert his heirs Thomas and assigns for ever all that piece of land from my son John’s to that of my sons Edwards south a public road running between the two The afforesaid piece of land with a dwelling house, stable & Milk house together with half the stage, flake and store also half the back meadow Fourth, I give to my son Edward Brewer all that piece of land now occupied by him that is to say from the public road dividing the latter tracts of land to land belonging to Louis Huddy with all buildings erected thereon to have and to hold his heirs and assigns for ever At the same time I do appoint Mr. William Keech of Spoon Cove Burin sole executor of this my last will and testament to which I have hitherto set my hand and seal this 21st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight. Edward his X mark Brewer. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us Geo. M. Goddard, Thomas Keech.
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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