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Will of Joseph Kean Senior
The last will and testament of Joseph Kean Senr. I Joseph Kean Senr hereby bequeath fifty pounds (50£) to my eldest daughter Ann Grunter Also fifty pounds (50) to my second daughter Hannah Sturge. I also bequeath five pounds (5£) to my granddaughter Charlotte Cooze Also five pounds (5£) to my granddaughter Jessie Cooze Also ten pounds(10£) to my youngest son Abraham’s wife Caroline. I also bequeath the remainder of my money (after deducting the aforesaid amounts) to my sons Samuel and Abraham. the interest of which I bequeath to my eldest son Joseph as long as he lives Signed Joseph his X mark Kean Senr. In the presence of the following witnesses, witness our hand William Yetman, James Grunter, William J. Bartlett. Drawn and signed by the above Kean Senr and in the presence of the above named witnesses this twenty sixth (26th) day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eighty two at Nortons Cove in the electoral district of Bonavist Bay North in the Island of Newfoundland.
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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