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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Henry Butler
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 102 to 104 probate year 1913
In re Henry Butler deceased.
In the name of god Amen. I Henry Butler of Middle Bight South Shore Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being very sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament
First I give and bequeath to my two sons John and William that piece of land that is situate and being in Middle Bight which is to be equally divided between them and bounded as follows. North by Samuel Butler's cellar south by Middle Bight road East by road leading to waterside and west by Samuel Butlers land. I give and bequeath to my sons John and William that piece of land leading from Samuel Butlers cellar to the railroad to be used by them for fishery purposes or to build on. The said piece of land is to be equally divided between them north and south my son John is to take the west part and my son William the east part. The store that is on the said piece of land I give to my son John and he is to remove it off the land and make a stable of it. To my son William I give and bequeath my dwelling house stable cellar goods and chattles plough dray and wheels. To my son John I give and bequeath the small stable that is south of my dwelling house but he must remove it off the land that it is on because when the land is divided it would be on my son William's part I give and bequeath to my sons John and William all my cultivated and uncultivated land south of the main road and bounded as follows north by my brothers Charleys land south by the road leading to the river east by Henry Taylor & Moses Kennedy's land and west by Thomas Pettins land. The said piece of land is to be equally divided between them a line to run north and south. My son John to take the east part and my son William the west part. My grapnels and any rope I have to carry on the fishery is to be equally divided between my two sons William & John my Herring net I give to my two sons. If my son William should die without leaving issue the property that I have given and bequeathed to him is to go to my son John or his sons but if my son William married and his wife survive him she can live on the property as long as she remains in my son Williams name - all the above name property that I have given and bequeathed to my two sons William and John is to be kept in the family and is not to be sold of all the land I have given and bequeathed to my two sons I am to have half of the produce for my support during the term of my natural life and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments wills and Bequests by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one - Henry his X mark Butler (LS) -
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Butler as his last will and Testament having been first read over) in the Presence of us who in his Presence and in the Presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Francis F. Furneaux Commissioner of affidavit Matthew Butler
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
|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. |
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