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Will of Elizabeth Chafe
In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Chafe of Petty Harbor in the district of St. John's Newfoundland being now in a very declining state of health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say I order that all my just debts and funeral expences in the first place be fully paid and discharged and after payment thereof and every part thereof, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Williams all money that remain and my bed and bedding also my trunk and clothes, I give and bequeath to my five children, namely Susanna Williams, Robert Chafe, William Chafe, Edward Chafe, and Thomas Chafe, their heirs administrators and assigns, jointly all that piece or parcel of land belonging to me and situate in St. John's with all erections thereon share and share alike. In witness whereof I the said testator Elizabeth Chafe have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this eighth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
Elizabeth her X mark Chafe (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator Elizabeth Chafe as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, Richard Allen, John Mills, Jacob Bishop.
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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