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Will of Isaac Butler
This is the last will and testament of me Isaac Butler Planter of Robin Hood in Trinity Bay being at this present time of sound mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality that is to say.- I give bequeathe and devise to James Butler son of my late nephew John Butler of Robin Hood and to his heirs, successors and assigns all my real and personal property wheresoever it may be situate- To wit:- My dwelling house outhouses and all my land situate in the Harbour of Robin Hood aforesaid, together with all and every article of moveable property besides of which I may die possessed; all the aforesaid real and personal property I give and bequeathe to the said James Butler son of my late nephew John and to his heirs, successors and assigns to have and to enjoy after my decease on the express condition which I now require namely that during the lifetime of both myself and my wife Mary he or his heirs as aforesaid shall maintain and provide both of us with necessary food clothing and lodging to the best of their ability. And I hereby make ordain and appoint my friends John Randell son of Isaac Randell schooner owner of Ship Cove and Joseph Ploughman Schooner owner of Ship Cove joint executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty two. Isaac Butler (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the above named testator Isaac Butler as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have set our names as witnesses hereunto Walter R. Smith, Assistant Minister Trinity East, Reginald Mills, Postal Way Officer, Joseph his X mark Plowman, executor. Signed in presence of Gilbert Hy Cole
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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