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Will of Thomas Butler
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Butler of St. John’s Master Mariner being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and ordain this as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other and former wills by me made.
First I direct that all my just debts be paid.
Secondly After the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Eliza Anne Butler all my lands property goods chattels credits and effects of what nature or kind whatsoever free and clear of the debts liabilities control or interference of any husband which she may have. I direct that after her death all my landed property houses and effects shall become the property of her children.
Thirdly I nominate and appoint Patrick J. Scott Attorney at law as my executor who shall sell or dispose of the assets of my estate as my said daughter may desire. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the 17th day of June A.D. 1872.
Thos. Butler (LS) Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us who in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other sign as attesting witnesses (the erasure on the third line from the bottom of the first page being first made) Patrick Jos. Scott, Edward Cousens.
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. 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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