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Will of Maria Burton
In the name of God Amen. I Maria Burton of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being weak in body but of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in revocation of all former wills and testaments whereby I will and bequeath to my dear sister Mary Burton after payment of all my just and lawful debts all my real and personal property either in possession or reversion wheresoever situate absolutely for her sole behoof and benefit And I appoint the said Mary Burton and H???c???t Mooney Esquire of St. John’s Barrister executors of this my last will and testament. Maria her X mark Burton Signed in presence of Anne Culleton, Johana Renouf, C.H. Renouf, St. John’s March 26th, 1851.
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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