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Will of Martin George
In the name of God Amen. The eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven, I Martin George of Scilly Cove Trinity Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Fisherman, being in good health of body and in sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament, at the same time revoking all former wills made by me, declaring this to be my last will and testament.
First, I give and bequeath to my son Abner George the house I now occupy with the land upon which it is built, and the land immediately surrounding the said house and occupied and used by me for purposes of affording access thereto and for other conveniences in connection with said house: also all the furniture, beds, bedclothes and all other things which may be in use by me or belonging to me in said house.
Second, I give and bequeath to my sons Abner George and Jesse George all my waterside premises situate at Scilly Cove with all the erections thereon to be used conjointly by them. Should either of them leave Scilly Cove or not require to use the premises for himself or his children the other son may use the whole thereof without any liability for rent or charge therefore, but should neither require to use it this property it is to belong in equal proportion to my said sons Abner George and Jesse George.
Third I give and bequeath to my son Abner George all the land not hereinbefore described that he may occupy and use, belonging to me, at the time of my decease. To my son Jesse George all the land not hereinbefore described that he may occupy and use belonging to me, at the time of my decease
Lastly, After all my just debts are paid I give and bequeath to my sons Abner George and Jesse George all my money with the rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal and everything I am possessed of whatsoever and wheresoever, which has not been hereinbefore bequeathed to be equally divided between them- At the same time I do appoint George William Mews of St. John’s Newfoundland executor of this my last will and testament to which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven. Martin X George (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us the letter “on” between the fifteenth and sixteenth lines having been first written and the whole read over to the testator in our presence, George J. Steer, WM. Giles.
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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