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Will of Richard Cook
This is the last will and testament of me Richard Cook of the town of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Shopkeeper being weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding and knowing the uncertainty of all earthly affairs do dispose of my worldly affairs in the manner and form following, that is to say, I bequeath to Jeffery Keating my nephew of Saint John's all and singular my right, title and interest in and to the dwelling house together with the dwelling house and premises now occupied by Richard Walsh of Saint John's Taylor situate in Water Street in Saint John's aforesaid the same being held by me under lease, and further I give and bequeath to the said Jeffery Keating all the remainder of my effects, cash and all the goods and personal property wheresoever situate and of every description whatever. And I hereby appoint Mr. Stephen Malone of Saint John's aforesaid Cordwainer and Mr. James Lane of the same place Taylor executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me in any wise made, and do declare and pronounce this to be my last will and testament.
|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. |
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 17, 2003)
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