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Will of James Brine
In the name of God Amen. I James Brine of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Pilot being ill and weak in bodily health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in form and manner following, viz. I first will and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it & next will and bequeath my body to the earth to be enterd in a decent and Christian like manner and I order all my just all lawful debts to be paid. I next will and bequeath to my to my daughters Johanna Moore and Mary Mockler my right title and interest in the dwelling houses fishing room flakes stages &c. as described in a sheriffs bill of sale to me of the property belonging to Richard Hellyard and Thomas Osborne at Maggotty Cove the said Johanna Moore and Mary Mockler to have the proceeds of said room equally during the term of years as yet unexpired. I next will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Bridget Brine the sum of forty pounds currency and also to my beloved daughter Cathrine Brine the sum of forty pounds currency and also to my beloved sister Mary Colbert the sum of ten pounds currency and I also will and bequeath to the aforesaid Bridget and Cathrine Brine all my right title and interest in the dwelling house I at present occupy during the term of my lease of same and also to the said Bridget and Cathrine Brine all the furniture beds bedding wearables &c. &c. belonging to me for their use and benefit. I also will and bequeath to my son Michael Brine the sum of one pound currency.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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