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Will of John Cutler
This the last will and testament of me John Cutler of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper being of sound mind but weak in body which I do make and declare as follows- All that piece or parcel of land situate at the corner of Bugdens Lane and the Churchill Road with the buildings thereon I do give and bequeath to my father George Cutler with all the estate real and personal as far as the same applies to or was willed to me by my late grandfather John Cutler formerly of Salmon Cove in Trinity Bay aforesaid is concerned. The house and land situate at Ship Cove Trinity Harbor and purchased from Aaron Lock in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven I do give and bequeath to my father George Cutler aforesaid in trust for my daughter Sophia Mary Cutler for her occupation and benefit with the understanding that my wife Tryphena Cutler is to have free use and occupation of the said house and land up to the time she my said wife may marry again or die- Then all interest in the aforesaid property purchased from Aaron Lock will cease and will revert to my aforesaid daughter Sophia Mary Cutler- My wife acting as Trustee for my daughter in case of the death of my father. John Cutler (LS) Signed sealed acknowledged published and declared at Trinity in the aforesaid Island of Newfoundland this twentieth day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight in the presence of the testator, at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other. Gilbert Hy Cole, Stipendiary Magistrate. William Pittman, Cooper.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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