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Will of Alice Hearn
In the name of God Amen. I Alice Hearn of St. John’s Spinster do make publish and declare the following as and for my last will and testament First of the shares in the Union Bank of Newfoundland belonging to me I give devise and bequeath two to my beloved aunt Joanna Fox. Second. The remaining two of the said shares I give devise and bequeath to my beloved aunt Cahterine Henderson. I also give devise and bequeath to the aforesaid Joanna Fox my beloved aunt two debentures in the Custom House belonging to me I nominate and appoint the Revd Patrick Delaney as executor to this my last will and testament and revoke and declare null all former and other wills by me made. I also give devise and bequeath to my said executor the Revd Patrick Delaney my gold watch and chain and all other goods chattels and effects belonging to me to be disposed of as he may think proper. Alice her X mark Hearn. Signed by the said Alice Hearn in our presence as and for her last will and testament who in her presence and at her request and in presence of each other have hereto set our hands as witnesses at St. John’s aforesaid this third day of May Anno Domino 1880. Elizabeth Alice Henderson. Patrick Delaney.
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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