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Will of Philip Hollett
In the name of God Amen I Philip Hollet a native of Burin, Placentia Bay Newfoundland and resident there being in good health and sound mind and memory thanks be given unto God but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed unto men once to die therefore I do for avoiding controversies after my decease make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I command my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the dust nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the power of God. And as touching such worldly goods or estate wherewith God has been pleased to bless me in this life I give and bequeath in following manner viz whatever money is due me of Messrs. Newman Hunt & Co. (No. 12 New Broad Street London) to Susan Hollet widow of the late Benjamin Hollet one fifth to Edward Hollet son of Susan and Benjamin Hollet one fifth to Philip Hollet son of Susan and Benjamin Hollet one fifth to Henry Hollet son of Thomas and Martha Hollet one fifth to Thomas Hollet son of Thomas and Martha Hollet one fifth to Philip Hollet son of Thomas and Martha Hollet one tenth As respects my estate in Burin aforesaid I give and bequeath to Thomas Hollet son of Thomas and Martha and to Susan Hollet widow of the late Benjamin Hollet all my part of the fishing room (together with all the utensils) bequeathed to me by my mother Dina Hollet deceased for their sole and separate use and to their heirs executors and assigns to have and to hold for ever And the dwelling house that the said Susan Hollet now occupies is to be hers and her heirs for ever. Furthermore absolutely revoking all former wills made by me I declare this only to be my last will and testament and do appoint Thomas Hollet and Henry Hollet the aforesaid sons of Thomas and Martha Hollet to be my executors in witness I the said Philip Hollet the testator have this day to this my last will and testament set my hand and affixed my seal this thirteth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. Philip Hollett (LS) Signed sealed published and delivered by Philip Hollet the testator to be and for his last will and testament, in the presence of Richard Marshall Senr, witness, Richard Marshall Junior.
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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