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Will of William Coyell
In the name of God Amen. I William Coyell of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being greatly afflicted in body but of sound mind and memory committing my body and soul into the hands of God who gave it and revoking all others do make and declare this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Anne Louisa Coyell to and for the use and benefit of herself and her children by me during her natural life if she remain a widow the sole management of my estate Should she marry again she is to have one third the property the other two thirds of the estate to be divided equally between the surviving children. The estate not to be divided until the youngest child is of age. And I do hereby appoint and constitute my wife Anne Louisa Coyell and William Cowan and William Pitts the executrix and executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of September one thousand eight hundred and sixty, William his X mark Coyell (LS) Sealed and signed in the presence of E. Botterell, Wm. Freeman.
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. 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 & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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