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Will of Edward Downton
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost Amen. I Edward
Downton of Exploits Burnt Island in the Island of Newfoundland,
Planter, being of perfectly sound mind, memory and understanding do make,
publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament. I wish to dispose in the following manner of my estate or plantation which
consists of the dwelling house which I now occupy and all the outhouses, stores,
stages, flakes and buildings whatsoever, together with the gardens and waterside
situated between the premises of Andrew Pearce Senr and the well at George
Lannings the said well being included. to my
beloved wife Mary Downton I will and bequeath the house in which I now reside
with all the furniture belonging thereto, which she is to hold jointly with
my son Arthur Downton and at her death the house with its furniture is to become
the sole property of the said Arthur Downton on condition that he behave kindly
and dutifully to her and maintain her as long as she lives
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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