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Will of Thomas Lawton
This is the last will and testament of Thomas Lawton of Broad Cove Bonavista Bay Newfoundland I hereby give devise and bequeath to my only son Patrick Lawton of Broad Cove Bonavista Bay Newfoundland, for his own use and benefit absolutely and for ever, all my estate and effects, both real and personal, whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what nature and quality soever; and I hereby appoint him the said Patrick Lawton sole proprietor and executor of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine- Thomas his X mark Lawton- Signed by the said Thomas Lawton of Broad Cove Bonavista Bay Newfoundland in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other attest and subscribe our names as witnesses hereto. Thomas O’Brien Kings Cove. James Mathews Broad Cove. Patrick Dwyer, Kings Cove.
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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