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Will of George Dalton
In the name of God Amen. I George Dalton of Exploits Burnt Island Newfoundland being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God; do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors- And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form First I give and devise my dwelling house in which I now reside situate in Exploits Burnt Island with the appurtenances unto and to the use of my dear wife Maria Dalton for the term of her natural life or as long as she remains unmarried without impeachment of waste and I give and bequeath to my said wife all the household furniture, goods, household linen and utensils and wearing apparel for her own absolute use and benefit and I further give and bequeath unto her my said wife one third part of the fishing room I now reside on and one fourth part of the schooner “Sea Slipper” and one third part of the gardens as long as she remains unmarried and no longer, also what money I have left after my funeral expenses are paid I give unto my said wife And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife or should she get married I give and devise all my part of said messuages or tenement fishing room schooner and gardens unto my brother Matthew Dalton his executors administrators and assigns for and during all the then residue and remainder of my estate and interest therein, to and for his and their own use and benefit And if the said Matthew Dalton should die before my said wife I give all my part of the property to his sons or their assigns And I do nominate and appoint the said Matthew Dalton and Simon Manuel executors of this my will In witness whereof I the said George Dalton the testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six- George Dalton. Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Dalton the testator, as his last will and testament in presence of us at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, William Sceviour, William Lilley.
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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