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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Butler


Will of John Butler
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 197 probate year 1855

In re
     John Butler      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of John Butler of Clarks Beach, Port de Grave, Newfoundland.     I give and devise all my property goods and chattels of every description whatsoever and wheresoever including my land and property in possession of George Callan, John Wilcox and John Efford, unto Jane Richards wife of Isaac Richards of Clarks Beach aforesaid her heirs and assigns for ever.     I desire the said Jane Richards (who is my half-sister and who has for many years taken care of me in my old age) to give my feather bed to her grand-daughter Emma Richards.     I hereby nominate and appoint John Andrews William's son and James Butler (Land) to be executors of this my will. Dated this thirty first day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and forty five. John Butler his X mark and seal (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the said John Butler in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands as witnesses thereto, on the thirty first day of July A.D. 1845.     Note. The said will was read over to the said testator in our presence before he signd it, William Smith Mills.     John Ryall.

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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