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Will of Lawrence Burke
In the name of God Amen. I Lawrence Burke of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Yeoman do make and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby making void all former wills by me made or executed- I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Burke all that piece or parcel of ground situate on the west side of the Kings Road and my interest in houses on the east side of Kings Road aforesaid and all other property of every description whatsoever and wheresoever situate for her absolute use and to be disposed of as she may direct I appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at St. John’s this 7th day of January A.D. 1878
Lawrence his X mark Burke (LS) Signed by affixing his mark sealed published and declared by said Laurence Burke as and for his last will and testament in presence of us and each of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses- (being first read over and explained) John Power, Patrick Burke.
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)
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