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Will of Robert Lovell
In the name of God Amen. I Robert Lovell of Burin in the Island of Newfoundland now suffering severe bodily pain (caused by the accidental discharge of a gun) but of sound mind and right judgment do at my death give and bequeath to William Butler, Blacksmith of Burin, with whom I have been living several years, my fishing boat, fish, fishing craft, articles of Merchandis all monies, all debts due to me by those persons whose names are in my books of trade to that effect and all and everything to me belonging, subject to the conditions hereinafter recited, that is to say, that he the said William Butler do pay or cause to be paid the sum of fifty pounds sterling money of Great Britain to my dear mother Anne Lovell of Henstridge Marsh, Somersetshire, England if living, but should my dear mother be dead I desire the aforesaid sum of fifty pounds sterling to be paid to my dear sister Anne Lovell of the aforesaid place. That the said William Butler pay or cause to be paid to Messrs. McBride & Kerr of St. John's in this Island the debt due by me to them amounting to from eighty to ninety pounds currency of Newfoundland, that he pay or cause to be paid my medical attendants and other just debts due by me which are not many. That the said William Butler cause my body to be interred as a Christian's body should be and pays the expenses consequent thereon. The aforesaid conditions being complied with the residue of my property I give to William butler for his own use and profit in consideration of kindnesses by me received from him and his family. And I appoint the aforesaid William Butler of Burin to be my true and lawful executor to carry out the provisions and conditions of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my mark (being too weak of body to write my name) and seal, this twenty third day of march in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. Robert Lovell his x mark (LS) witnesses to the mark & meal of Robert Lovell, John C.A.Gathercole, Clk. George Bradley his X mark
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written 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. |
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