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Will of Joseph Brown
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Brown Planter of Joe Batts Arm Fogo Island Nfld being through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind & memory, though weak in body, do make and declare this my last will and testament. I will & bequeath to Samuel Newman of Joe Bat’s Arm, half my fishing room, together with half my dwelling house for his sole use and benefit- The remainder of the property I die possessed of together with an amount of money in the hands of Messrs. W. Waterman & Co., Fogo, I give and bequeath to my son Henry for his sole use and benefit revoking and annulling all former dispositions of my property In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of September A.D. 1883. I hereby appoint Mr. John Coffin of Joe Bat’s Arm as executor to this my last will & testament. Joseph Brown his X mark. Signed sealed acknowledged and declared by the above named Joseph Brown as & for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence & in presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses this 10th day of Sept A.D. 1883, John Coffin, Christopher Meek.
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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