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Will of John Butt
In the name of God Amen. I John Butt (Planter) of Western Bay in Conception Bay but now of the Town of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland being ill and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory revoking all others do make and ordain this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Diana Butt all my property goods and chattels as possessed by me at the time of my decease together with all rents of premises interest of trade &c. wheresoever such premises or trade may be, to be by her held possessed enjoy'd and control'd as if I were still alive. I appoint that at the decease of my wife Diana Butt all the property goods chattels monies &c. that may remain be divided amongst my children and in case any or either of them shall have died before his her or their surviving child or children to receive the portion of such deceas'd as she (Diana Butt) may deem fit and proper. I appoint my beloved wife Diana Butt sole executor of this my last will and testament.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 12, 2003)
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