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Will of Michael Heathen
In the name of God Amen 4th day of June 1857. I Michael Heathen of Torbay in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and and memory thanks be given unto God do mak an publish this my last will and testament that is to say I give and bequate to Mary Brown the garden I hold at westward side of the road leading from Torbay to Flatrock in the presence of Francis Smyth in witness whereof hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first aforesaid. Michael his X mark Heathen- Witness Francis Smyth. Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Michael Heathen as his last will and testament in the presence of Jan James Gos
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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