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Will of Charles Coates Senior
I Charles Coates Senr late School Master & Planter of Upper Gulley South Shore of Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland. Do make this as and for my last will and testament. This eighth day of May one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight. First- I give and bequeath to my son Job Coates the sum of money, eighty pounds or more with interest now in my name in the Union Bank of St. John’s for his own to be used at will after my death. I also give and bequeath to my son Job Coates my dwelling house and land adjoining with all the furniture in it, also my outhouses and adjoining land, my cattle and all my personal property. And also give and bequeath to my sons Charles Coates, Peter Coates, David Coates and Job Coates a piece or pieces of land on the south side the main road to be divided between them for their own in lots as the now occupy it. Also I give & bequeath a piece of land to the west of my dwelling house and reaching from the road to the water, to be equally divided between my aforesaid sons, Charles Coates, Peter Coates, David Coates and Job Coates, share and share alike And I nominate and appoint Charles Coates to be the executor of this my this my will. In witness whereof I set my hand and seal this 8th day of May 1878 A.D. Charles Coates Senr (LS) Signed and sealed by the said Charles Coates in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto signed our names, Isaac Daw, Henry H. Daw, Ed. Colley.
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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