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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Butt


Will of John Butt
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 396 probate year 1842

In re
     John Butt       deceased.

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.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one. John Butt.
Sign'd seal'd publish'd pronounced and declared by the said John Butt as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribe our names, Christopher Vey.    Wm. Freeman.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 12, 2003)

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