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Will of George Burton
In the name of God Amen, I George Burton of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Gentleman being of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) It is my particular request to my family and executors that my funeral may be conducted with the least possible expense And whereas my deceased mother the late Sarah Burton of Saint John's aforesaid did by her last will and testament bearing date the first day of December A.D. 1802 devise and bequeath to me for the term of my natural life and at my decease to be divided amongst my children the following property one half of the premises occupied by Messrs. Laurence O'Brien & Company and formerly by Messrs. Hart & Eppes. The premises occupied by Messrs. Parker & Gleeson on the lower side of the Road leading to Chain Rock and the plot of ground in the rear thereof occupied by the widow Moore & her son being the same premises formerly occupied by John Kemp together with the farm in the rear of Michael Allen's and formerly occupied by Patrick Stokes, and considering that the said property could not be satisfactorily divided it is my wish that my executors hereinafter named should be allowed to receive the rents arising therefrom as they shall become due and distribute the same equally amongst my eight children. And in respect to my own exclusive property I give and bequeath it in the following manner As a remuneration for monies advanced by them for the benefit of my family I give and devise to my son in law John DeGrave Ryland and to his wife Eliza Frances Ryland for the term of their natural lifes and that of the survivor of them all my right title and interest in and to a certain fishing room or plantation with its appurtenances situated on Magotty Cove Saint John's aforesaid and at present occupied by John Holwell and after the decease of them the said John DeGrave Ryland and Eliza Frances Ryland respectively then I give the same premises to such part of my family of sons and daughters as shall be then living and to their heirs.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 (May 14, 2003)
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