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Will of Samuel Manuel
In the name of God Amen, I Samuel Manuel of Exploits Burnt Island Newfoundland Planter being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my to the earth my body to be burried in decent Christian burial and my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it my body to be burried at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give and bequeath in the following manner and form- First I give and bequeath to Ann my dearly beloved wife and to William my son All the money I possess in England or elsewhere with all my household goods And at the death of my beloved wife the whole to be the property of my son William whether goods or money Also I give to my sons Reuben and Henry all the rest of my property consisting of Netts and various other property with half of my room and plantation with all lands gardens and premises adjoining thereto solely to be possessed by these my two sons Reuben and Henry And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all and every other former testament wills or legacies by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament-
Samuel Manuel X his mark (LS) Signed sealed and delivered pronounced and declared by the said Samuel Manuel as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names, Edward Downton, Samuel Manuel, Juner.
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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