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Will of Peter Paint LeMessurier
Know all men by these presents This is my last will and testament. I Peter Paint LeMessurier of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Accountant after payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my children to say Eliza Ann Noel, William Morry LeMessurier, Mary Jane Butteris, Peter Frederick LeMessurier, Esther Graham Lockwood, Priscilla Maria McDougall and Emily Bennett LeMessurier my life policy in the Equitable Assurance of New York in the United States of America for one thousand dollars, also my share in my late grandfather Hutchings Estate which shall be sold to the highest purchaser, with also and as to the residue and remainder of all my real and personal estate, I give devise and bequeath unto the aforesaid children. And I hereby appoint Peter Frederick LeMessurier and Edwin B. McDougall executors of this my will. As witness my hand this seventeenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty three. P.P. LeMessurier. Signed and acknowledged by the said Peter Paint LeMessurier the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have herewith subscribed our names as witnesses, Garland Munn Gaden. Robert Campbell Smith.
This is a codicil to my last will and testament bearing date of seventeenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, and which I direct be taken as part thereof. I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Emily Jennett LeMessurier so long as she remains unmarried, and to continue for one year after her marriage, the income derivable from my share of my late grandfather Hutchings estate, in the event of death, or marriage after specified time, I desire that this property be sold and the proceeds equally divided amongst all my children as named in the body of aforementioned will. In witness my hand this twenty ninth (29th) March A.D. 1884, P.P. LeMessurier, Witness to signature Garland Munn Gaden, Robert Campbell Smith.
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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