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Will of Martha Chancey
I Martha Chancey of St. John’s Newfoundland, widow, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and being desirous of arranging my worldly affairs do make this my last will and testament I will and bequeath to my daughter Emma Maria all the one undivided third part of my land dwelling houses and property situate on the east side of Victoria Street at present occupied by John McKay and George W. F. Chancey as tenants heretofore forming part of the estate of my late husband John L. L. Chancey and I also will and bequeath unto my said daughter Emma Maria all my household furniture and other personal effects- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of March Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty. Martha Chancey (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of the word “widow” being interlined. W. V. Whiteway, Sarah Chancey.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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