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Will of Edward Mercer
In re Edward Mercer deceased
I, Edward Mercer of Bay Roberts, in the Island of Newfoundland, Master Mariner, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills. I hereby appoint my son, Albert E. Mercer, and John Morgan to be the Executors of my will. I devise and bequeath to my son, Albert E. Mercer, all the property which I possess situate and being in the town of Bay Roberts aforesaid as follows:- Land, Waterside, dwelling house and outhouses, shops, stores and all contents (?) C.E.R. furniture of dwelling house. I devise and bequeath to my son, Robert S. Mercer, the sum of $1000.00, and $100.00 to each of his four children. I devise and bequeath to my daughter, Annie H. Pepper, the sum of $1000.00, and $100.00 to each of her two children. I also devise and bequeath to Matilda Mercer the sum of $50.00; to my sister, Mary Ann Belbin, the sum of a $40.00; and to my sister, Fanny Parsons, the sum of $40.00. I also devise and bequeath to St. John the Evangelist Church, Coley's Point, the sum of $100.00 to be devoted to cemetery purposes; and $100.00 to Central Methodist Church Trustee Board, Bay Roberts, to be used in the purchase of a Bell for said church or paying off the debt on the new organ. My pew in St. John the Evangelist Church, Coley's Point, is to go to my son, Robert S. Mercer. I also devise and bequeath to my son's [Albert E. Mercer] four children the sum of $100.00 each; and the balance of my money, after all funeral expenses are paid, is to go to my son, Albert E. Mercer.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Bay Roberts aforesaid this 29th day of March A. D. 1920. Edward Mercer. Signed published and declared by the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and at his request, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Charles E. Russell, J.P. John Morgan.
Correct William F. Lloyd
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
|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.
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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Revised: November 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)
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