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Will of Patrick Devan
I Patrick Devan of St. John’s Farmer do make and publish this as and for my last will and testament. As regards that piece of land on the north side of the road leading Westerly along the North Bank of Monday’s Pond in the neighbourhood of St. John’s now used and occupied by me I give and bequeath the same to my two daughters Elizabeth and Ellen in equal shares between them but in the event of the death of either without lawful issue her surviving the share of the daughter so dying shall become and be the property of the survivor. And I do direct that the share of each of my daughters shall be held independently of any husband she may have and further that no daughter of mine or other party inheriting the said share shall have any power or right to sell mortgage or in any wise part with the said property.
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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