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Will of Edward L. Jarvis
This is the last will and testament of me Edward L. Jarvis of St. John’s Gentleman. I give devise and bequeath to my dear wife Ellen McLean Jarvis all my real and personal estate and property and effects of every description in money or otherwise for her use and support during her natural life and after her death the whole of my said property I wish to be divided into five parts or shares two parts or shares to go to my son Leonard Jarvis his heirs and assigns and one part or share to each of my daughters and their respective heirs or assigns. Lastly I appoint my said wife Ellen McLean Jarvis executrix and my said son Leonard and my son-in-law Henry E. Hayward executors of this my will In witness whereof I the said Edward L. Jarvis have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight-
Edward L. his X mark Jarvis. Signed by the said testator in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses at at St. John’s Newfoundland on the day and year first above written at his request The same having first been read over and explained to the said testator. The words “two parts or shares” on seventh line having been first erased- Augustus O. Hayward, Leonard J. McGhee.
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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