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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of George Brown
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 415 probate
George Brown deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I George Brown of
Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound and collected mind memory
and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this fourteenth day of July
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight make and
publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that
is to say, first I desire
that all my just debts to be duly
paid and also my funeral expenses. Secondly,
I give and bequeath to my daughters Sarah and Jane and my two sons George and
John Brown share and share alike my dwelling house, store, stable and outhouses,
gardens and fields, together with my fishing room, flake and stage ground,
beaches and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging also my funded or other
property whatever it may consist of fishing craft and cattle all to be divided
amongst them equally and should my daughter Susan Brown return
to Bonavista to reside she is to have a share in the property aforesaid I also will and bequeath to my grandson Silas
George Knight the sum of five
pounds currency to be paid him to his use within twelve months after my decease- And I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint Mr.
Thomas Mifflen and Mr.
Edward Mifflen both of Bonavista aforesaid executors of this my last
will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments by me at
any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have to
this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day
and year first above written. George Brown (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator George
his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his
presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
as witnesses thereto, Edward Mifflen, Thomas R. Mifflen.
D. M. Browning
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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