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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Butler


Will of John Butler
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 306 probate year 1884

In re
      John Butler deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     John Butler (Sand) of Port de Grave appoint this to be my last will and testament, and revoking all others.     I give all my property to my three sons consisting of half the dwelling house, half the store, half the land arround the house, also half the land accross the marsh, and half of the Island at the mouth of the harbour, to be acqually divided between the three, viz Jabez Butler, Esau Butler and John Butler.     I give Bay Roberts Point to which of my sons will go on it to live, about thirty acres of land; bonded on the north by the water, on the east by the water, on the south by the water, and on the west by the void land.    The Forg to be acqually divided between my sons with the rest of the property.    I desire that my carpenters tools be acqually divided between my three sons herein mentioned.    Witness my hand and seal the 8th of May 1878.    John Butler his X mark.    Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us Wm. H. Edyvean, W.M.    Mary Rebekah Butler.

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 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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