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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Butler


Will of John Butler
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 166-167 probate year 1854

In re
     John Butler      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Butler of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following first and principally I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be deceantly interred and as to such worldly estate as I possess I give and dispose of as follows, that is to say I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Anistatia Butler all my right title interest and term of years yet to come in and to a certain dwelling house and premises now in my possession and in the possession of William Franton as my tenant and all issues and profits arising or accruing therefrom with the appurtenances thereof situate and being on the south side of the lane leading from McKennons Bakery in Duckworth Street in the town of Saint John's aforesaid to Dreelans Well. Also I give and bequeath to my said wife Anistatia whatever furniture that may belong to me the same being in my house or elsewhere at the time of my decease to and for her absolute use and benefit And I do hereby make ordain and appoint Edward Breen and John Breen, executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any other time heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid this thirtieth day of September A. D. One thousand eight hundred and fifty two.
John his X mark Butler. (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator John Butler as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto (first read & explained) Patrick Carroll, Edward Power.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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