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Will of James M. Lake
This is the last will and testament of me James M. Lake of Fortune, Newfoundland, Merchant, I give devise and bequeath all the real and personal estate of which I shall be possessed or entitled at the time of my decease unto my wife Mary Lake absolutely. And I appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my will But should my said wife Mary Lake change her name, then I will the house (dwelling) shop, store, stage and wharf, together with the land on which it stands to her in the name of her child Bertha Lake. Also unto my two daughters Nancy T. Lake and Sarah Lake, a share of the remaining property. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this twentieth first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.
James M. Lake (LS) Signed by the said James Lake the testator in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses, William Kendall, of Fortune (Minister) (LS) Jas. P. Snook of Fortune (H. M. Customs)
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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