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Will of Patrick Christopher
In re Patrick Christopher deceased
This is the last will and testament of me Patrick Christopher, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Pensioner. I revoke all former wills by me at anytime made and I appoint my daughter Margaret Mary Christopher, the Executrix of this my will: I give and bequeath to my said Executrix my leasehold messuage on Flavin Street where I reside In Trust for the use and occupation of the same by my three daughters, namely Mary Elizabeth, the said Margaret Mary and Gertrude Mary while they all remain unmarried, and if one or more of my said daughters should marry then for the use and occupation of the unmarried sister or sisters but in such case the unmarried sister or sisters remaining in the house shall pay a proportionate part of the net annual rental value of the same after payment of ground rent, water rates, insurance and repairs to the said sister or sisters so marrying, and if all my said daughters should desire not to use and live in the said house then my said Executrix to rent or sell the same as may be desired by a majority of my said three daughters and divide the net proceeds equally between them. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's aforesaid this fourth day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and Sixteen. P. Christopher. Signed, Published and Declared by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time who at his request and in his presence hereunto subscribe ourselves as Witnesses attesting the due execution hereof. W.J. Higgins. Alex Thomson.
Correct William F. Lloyd
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
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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