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Will of John Grace
The last will and testament of John Grace of Burin Newfd In the name of God Amen. The twenty third day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight. I John Grace of Burin as aforesaid, Trader, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God; therefore knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands 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 executors, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath 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 Alice my beloved sister the house in which I now reside together with all the lands, effects and chattels thereunto belonging, also my house and premises at Beau Bois together with all other goods, debts and moveable effects belonging to me. I also give to my nephew Richard Kenny my watch and all my wearing apparel, I also ordain and require that a sum be raised and levied out of my estate by my executors hereinafter named sufficient to pay and liquidate all debts which I may lawfully owe I also will and earnestly desire that a sum of three pounds raised out of my estate be awarded and given to the Parish Priest the Rev. J. Cullen for the purpose of having Masses offered for the repose of my soul after my demise- I also bequeath to my aforesaid sister Alice the money which I have invested in the Savings Bank, St. John's, I appoint and constitute the Revd. Michl Berny, Revd John Cullen, Mr. James Harney and Mr. John Power to be executors to this my last will &c. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every former testaments by me in any ways before named and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
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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