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Will of Walter Butler
In the name of God Amen, I Walter Butler feeling very ill in bodily health but of sound mind am disposed to have my temporal affairs arranged in the following manner, viz. In the first place I will and bequeath to my two sons Patrick and Cornelius the place I occupy on the western side of the harbour equally but giving Patrick a preference of his choice and of the dwelling house. I likewise bequeath to my sons Walter & Peter the place belonging to me on the eastern side of the harbour all the clear land attached to both places to be divided equally between the four abovementioned sons should they separate, If any of the aforesaid sons be not disposed to live here or die without issue his or their portion to become the property of the remaining or surviving sons I moreover leave to the two youngest male children of James Comerford & James Roach respectively the places at present occupied by them allowing the said James Comerford & James Roach full control over their respective places untill the time of their death & I hereby request and appoint the Revd. John Cullan, Burin, & James Comerford of this place to be executors to this my last will & testament.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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