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Will of William Drew
A will. In the name of God, Amen. The thirteenth day of January
one thousand eight hundred and forty. I William Drew of
Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland being very sick and weak
of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God,
therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that
it is appointed unto all men once to die 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 into the hands of Almighty God
that gave it and my body I recommend unto the earth to be buried
in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing
doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same
again by the almighty power of God. And as touching such worldly
estate wherewith it hath 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 bequeath to Daniel Crockwell eldest
son of William and Mary Crockwell of Bay Bulls and
to his heirs and executors all and singular my lands and property
of whatsoever kind and denomination that I now hold and enjoy by
him the said Daniel Crockwell freely to be possessed
and enjoyed without hindrance of molestation whatsoever. And I do
hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul, all and every other
former testaments, wills, legacies bequests and executors by me in
any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming
this and no other to be my last will and testament.
A Codicil. Be it known to all men by these presents
that I William Drew of Bay Bulls by this present
codicil do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament and
do give and bequeath unto my beloved brother George Drew his
heirs and executors the property now in the possession of James
Glenn to be freely and peaceably held and enjoyed by him
and his heirs without hindrance or molestation whatsoever. In witness
whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, William Drew (LS)
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual
wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will
and testament," written 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.
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