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Will of Martha Gunn
I Martha Gunn Widow residing in St. John’s Newfoundland do hereby make this my last will & testament. I give to my son John and daughter Mary my money and goods to be disposed of at my decease as follows, vizt. My funeral expenses and the cost of a grave stone &c. together with all my lawful debts are to be paid. I give to my daughter Mary twenty five pounds. I give to my sons William & John twenty five pounds including ten pounds lent to William. I give the remainder of my money if any & my furniture &c. to my three children share and share alike, reserving to Mary my workboxes and plate with the exception of a table spoon each to William and John. Witness my hand this second day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. Patty White Gunn, Witness Thos. M. Wood.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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