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Will of Luke Browne
Know all men by these presents that I Luke Browne of Ferryland in the Island of Newfoundland being at present of sound mind and perfect recollection but find myself fast declining in health, I now do make this my last will and testament, I resign my self to the Almighty God hoping that he may grant me an happy death and a favourable judgement And of my property I make the following bequests, I bequeath unto my niece Elizabeth Forristal the whole of what property I at present possess which consists of a dwelling house with all the household furniture contained therein and all out offices contained thereon and all the landed property extending from the Episcopalian Church to the Court House in front and from high water mark to the Gaize with full power lawful and absolute authority to dispose of the within property as she may think most proper for her sole use and benefit, this being my last will and testament revoking all others made or purporting to be made by me Signed sealed and delivered by me this ________ Luke Browne.
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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