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Will of John McBride
This is the last will and testament of me John McBride of Saint John’s Newfoundland. I desire that my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Caroline all my estate both real and personal and all my property and effects of whatsoever nature and description for her sole and absolute use and benefit for ever. I appoint my said wife Caroline sole executrix of this my will. Witness my hand at Saint John’s this fifth day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty two. John McBride. Signed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses, D. Morison, L.G. Macneill, J.H. Martin.
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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