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Will of William Chafe
The last will and testament of William Chafe, Planter, Petty Harbor, Newfoundland. In the name of God amen, the eleventh day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty three. I, William Chafe, of Petty Harbor, Newfoundland, Planter, being old and infirm, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed once unto all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my beloved son Henry Chafe nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I do hereby give and bequeath to my before-named son Henry Chafe all and singular the property belonging to me in Walter Grave Street, St. John's, Newfoundland, now in the occupancy of John Funcheon, St. John's, Also I further give to the said Henry Chafe my son, a garden at present in the occupancy of John Whittle &c. to be by him freely possessed and enjoyed, and after his death to fall into the hands of his children, And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills &c. by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year afore named or above written. William his X mark Chafe (LS) Signed, sealed, pronounced, and declared by the said William Chafe as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, William Howard Earle. Benjamin Williams, David Marshall Chafe.
|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. |
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