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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William Getheral Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 165 probate year 1833
William Getheral deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I William Getheral Senior of Baleine District of Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being weakly in bodily health but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first I give and recommend 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 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 nominate and appoint my friend John Livingstone Mackie of Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid Surgeon the sole executor of this my last will and testament.
I give and bequeath to Frances my dearly beloved wife all my fishing room situated in Baleine aforesaid (and at present in the occupancy of my sons Thomas and Samuel and all the craft and appurtenances thereunto belonging together with my plantation, gardens, cattle, dwelling house household furniture and moveable effects situated and being in Baleine aforesaid save and except a fishing room (at present in the occupancy of my son Stephen) and which I give and bequeath to my said son Stephen. I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Frances for her own use and benefit all the cash or monies she may have in her possession at the time of my decease.
I give and bequeath to my grandson William Getheral eldest son of my son John Getheral deceased my fishing room being and situated on the isle of Spear known by the name of Bunker's Room.
I give and bequeath all the residue of monies or credits I may be possessed of or which may be due me to be equally divided among all my sons and daughters. And I do hereby ratify and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three. William Getheral Senior (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said William Getheral Senior as his last will and testament in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names, Patrick Cleary. Edwd Power, William Williams.
D. M. Browning
|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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 17, 2003)
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