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Will of Richard Matthews
In the name of God Amen I Richard Matthews of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Shop Keeper, being in a good state of bodily health and of sound mind and memory but being about to make one or more voyages by sea in the way of my business, and considering the risk and uncertainty of life that frequently occurs on such occasions, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz: I first will and bequeath after my decease my immortal soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it, and next my body to the earth to be entered in a decent and christian-like manner, and I order all my just and lawful debts to be paid- I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliza Mathews after my decease all my property consisting of goods wares and merchandise money household furniture &c. and also all my interest in and arising out of my houses lands and premises situate in Water Street in the town of Saint John’s aforesaid and all other monies property &c. that may belong to me here or hereafter either in Saint John’s Newfoundland in England or elsewhere at the time of my death for her sole use and benefit- she binding herself to look to the comforts of my aged father and mother in England whilst they are living and to have them decently entered at their death- And I also nominate and appoint my beloved wife Eliza Mathews to be my sole executrix to have this my last will and testament executed In witness whereof I the said Richard Mathews have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John’s Newfoundland this twenty eight day of May Anno Domino one thousand eight hundred and sixty.
Richard Matthews (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of James Hackett, Richard Noyle.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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