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Will of Eliza Colford
In the name of God Amen I, Eliza Colford of St. John’s Newfoundland Widow make this as and for my last will and testament. After the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I will devise and bequeath to my children hereinafter named my property as follows: To my daughter Margaret I give devise and bequeath the houses and tenement now or recently occupied by Blacker, Pyn, Percy and Culleton overhead Percy. To my son John I give devise and bequeath the dwelling houses and tenement now or recently occupied by Patrick Coleman, one Culleton underneath Coleman, and the two Garlands To my son James I give and bequeath the Coopers Shop and the dwelling houses now or recently occupied by Thistle, Canning, Brown and Driscoll. To my daughter Kate I give devise and bequeath the dwelling house I now live in and the house and tenement occupied by Gall, Howlett and Quigley To have and to hold the said houses and premises and the leases of the ground on which they are built unto the said sons and daughters respectively as above set forth and subject to the rent reserved under said leases. To my daughters Margaret and Katie I give and bequeath all my household goods furniture and all other effects of which I may die possessed except one bed and the bedding thereof which I give and bequeath to my son John. I hereby nominate my daughters Margaret and Catherine or Katie to be my residuary legatees. I appoint my brother Daniel Quigley to be executor of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand at St. John’s Newfoundland this 21st day of July A.D. 1882. Eliza Colford. Signed in presence of us by the testatrix in presence of the testatrix and of each other who at her request sign as attesting witnesses, P.J. Scott, Margaret Cogly.
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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