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Will of Thomas Chafe
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Chafe of Petty Harbor in the district of St. John's Island of Newfoundland Planter being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say I order that all my just debts funeral expanses and the charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied and after payment thereof and every part thereof I give and bequeath to my two sons Edward and William Chafe their heirs administrators or assigns my dwelling house gardens Fishing Room, Boat and Craft and all other of my property whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal together with the property which was given me by Edward Chafe my step brother to be possess after the decease of Mary Nurse which is now heiress of the said property To be equally divided between them share and share alike. I will that the aforesaid Edward and William Chafe support their mother as long as she lives and also their two sisters as long as the remains single. I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Elizabeth Ann Chafe the feather bed and bedding which she now uses. And I further order that in case any difference or dispute should arise between the said Edward and William Chafe relative to the division of any of the property within mentioned, such difference or dispute to be referred to the decision of arbitrators indifferently chosen and elected by the parties in dispute and in casse of such arbitrators also differing the dispute to be referred to an umpire chosen by the said arbitrators and the decision of such umpire to be binding on both parties.
Thomas his X mark Chafe. Signed sealed and declared by the within named Thomas Chafe as his last will and testament this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two in the presence of us witnesses hereto,
Richard White. John Williams, Robert his X mark Witten.
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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