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Will of Elias Mager
This is the last will and testament of me Elias Mager of Fortune in Fortune Bay in the Southern District of Newfoundland, Planter, being now though weak of body yet in a sound and clear state of mind. I hereby will devise and bequeath unto my dear wife Jane Mager all and singular the lands, houses, stores, stages, messuages, tenements I am possessed of as also all monies goods debts and effects all household furniture, linen, clothes, chattels and property real and personal belonging to me for her sole use benefit and enjoyment solely and absolutely- And further I hereby will and appoint my dear wife the aforesaid Jane Mager to be the sole administratrix and executrix of this my last will and testament. In token and confirmation of which I have hereunto signed my name at Fortune aforesaid this twenty-third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three-
Elias Mager. Signed in presence of us by the said Elias Mager the testator, in witness whereof we in his presence, and in the presence of each other, at the same time and place subscribe our names as witnesses,
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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