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Will of Frances Getheral
In the name of God Amen. I Frances Getheral of Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland Widow being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all 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 commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor John Livingston McKie nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God- And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has 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 my daughter Esther McKie and her heirs for ever one half of my fishing room and plantation in Baleene in the aforesaid Island and at present in the occupancy of my son Thomas Getheral and secondly I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Getheral and to his children and their heirs for ever the other half of my fishing room and plantation aforesaid together with my dwelling house and which is at present in the occupancy of the said Samuel Getheral all of which property is never to be mortgaged or sold out of the family but is to be demised according to the true intent and meaning of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Bulls this third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six. Frances Getheral. Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Frances Getheral as her last will and testament in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, James Coady, Mary Power.
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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