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Will of Richard Duff
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Duff of Saint John’s in the Central District of the Island of Newfoundland Planter do make this my last will and testament, First I give and bequeath to my wife Mary and my children, all my property real and personal that I may be possessed of at my death as long as my said wife Mary shall remain unmarried but if in the event of her getting married again then all my property to revert to my children. And I do hereby appoint Thomas Raftus the executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven,
Richard Duff (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of William Morrison, Michael J. Rawlins.
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. 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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