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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael Kent


Will of Michael Kent
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 223 probate year 1857

In re
     Michael Kent      deceased.

In the name of God Amen- The last will and testament of Michael Kent of Middle Cove District of St. John's in the Island of Newfound. Farmer, made the twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.     Know yea that I Michael Kent being in a sound and perfect state of mind memory and of understanding but being indisposed in bodily health and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die I therefore make this my last will and testament and dispose of my worldly substance as follows, First I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eleanor all my worldly substance comprising my dwelling house and outhouses my farm situate at Middle Cove aforesaid where my dwelling house now stands and a lot of land about fifteen acres situate at the Pine Ridge, my horse and appurtenances belonging to him my household furniture and waring apperal as also my Cow to have & to hold the same during the time and term of her natural life and to apply the same to her own use and benefit as she may think proper after my death I also do will & bequeath that my wife Eleanor shall at the time of or before her death will & bequeath the above mentioned house, farm & lot of land as aforesaid to any one of my relations or her own relations as she may deem proper or think best deserving of them But to no one else Providing that my wife Eleanor and whosoever shall inherit the aforesaid house farm &c. and their heirs assigns and their heirs & assigns for ever shall pay the sum of four dollars every year to the Revd. Edward Troy P.P. of Torbay or to the Parish Priest of Torbay for the time being for to say Four Masses every year for the benefit of my soul and that of my wife Eleanor
In witness whereof I set my hand & signature in the presence of witness the day and year above mentioned and revoke all other former wills.
Michael his X mark Kent
Witness present, John Hand, Richard his X mark Grant, Patrick Costello.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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