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Will of Ellen Butler
This is the last will and testament of me Ellen Butler of Port de Grave, Newfoundland, widow, after payment of all my just debts, funeral expenses and fifty pounds cy for the repose of my soul and also fifty pounds cy to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, I give devise and bequeath unto my son Peter Butler the residue and remainder of all my real and personal estate- And I hereby appoint Reverend J. C. Harvey and J.M. Maddock Esqr both of Port de Grave executors of this my will. As witness my hand this fourth day of March 1879. Ellen her X mark Butler (LS) Signed and acknowledged by the said Ellen Butler the testator as and for her last will and testament the same will having first been read over to her in the presence of us being present at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Jas. C. Harvey (LS) Philip O’Reilley.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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