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Will of John Ellis
In the name of God Amen. I John Ellis at present in St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Gentleman but residing in Guysborough Nova Scotia do make this my last will and testament- I will and bequeath unto my executors hereafter named and the survivor of them all the land and property both real and personal of what nature and description soever and wheresoever of which I shall die possessed or entitled to upon trust for the sole use and behoof of my dear wife Jane for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease upon trust for the use and behoof of my children living at the time of my decease, share and share alike- I appoint William H. Mare of St. John’s aforesaid, Merchant and William Vallance Whiteway of St. John’s Barrister at law, executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
(Signed) John Ellis (LS) Signed sealed and declared by me the said John Ellis as and for my last will and testament at St. John’s aforesaid this fifth day of June Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty one- in presence of Signed T. H. Mabin, Signed, Richard Rewell.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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