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Will of David Halliday
In the name of God Amen. I David Halliday Tailor of the town of st. John's in the Island of Newfoundland being very ill and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, revoking all others, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my father William Halliday and his wife all my farm with the buildings upon it together with all the implements of husbandry and live stock belonging to the said farm to be possessed and enjoyed by them during their lifetime or as long as they or either of them shall reside in the Island of Newfoundland, but be it understood that as long as they or either of them shall possess and enjoy the said Farm they or either of them shall take care of and provide for my son William, and then, that is to say after their death or departure from this land the said farm shall return to my three children. I give and bequeath to my three children Martha, Jennett and William all my stock in trade household goods money and debts and whatsoever other property or effects I shall possess at the time of my death to be disposed of as my executors shall think proper for the benefit and support of my children. I appoint and ordain William Freeman Builder and John Bulley Cooper and Robert Stears and David Coxson, all of St. John's aforesaid to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
|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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