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Will of Joseph Gribble Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Gribble of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Fish Culler, being of sound mind and understanding, and of good memory but mindful of my mortality, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say First I will and bequeath my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried without any funeral pomp but fitting a man in my rank in life. Secondly, I will and bequeath to my loving wife Eleanor Gribble all those my freehold messuages, tenements, lands, hereditaments and premises with the appurtenances where of I am seized in fee, situate and being in the Parish of Torbryan, Devon, England, and lately being in the possession or occupancy of Mr. Joseph Farleigh. Thirdly, I will and bequeath to my loving wife Eleanor Gribble all that certain leasehold property situate and being on the south side of Duckworth Street in the town of St. John's aforesaid bounded on the east by property belonging to William Branscomb on the west by property belonging to James Branscomb, on the north by Duckworth Street aforesaid and on the south by property belonging to the aforesaid James Branscomb, and at present in my possession, together with all and singular the rents issues and profits arising from the aforesaid property.
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 AST)
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