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Will of Joseph James
In the name of God. Amen. The first day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine I Joseph James of Burgeo Labourer being weak of body but thanks to Almighty God of sound mind do make this my last will and testament. First I do commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to Christian burial and as touching such worldly goods wherewith it has pleased God to bless me after the payment by my executors of all lawful debts I desire them to pay to my daughter Catherine Keepin fifteen pounds a year our of any money I may have remaining and I desire my executors aforesaid to receive from Messrs. DeGruchy Renouf Clement & Co. all monies due to me in their hands and to pay the same to my account in the Savings Bank of Newfoundland. I also desire my clothes to be equally divided between the family of my daughter and my brother William he to receive one half. And I do hereby appoint the Revd Jno Cunningham and George Quilton Hunt Esqr M.D. to be my executors to see this my last will and testament fully carried out In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Joseph X James (LS) Signed and sealed in presence of John Jordan. James Payne.
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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