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Will of Jonathan Mercer
In the name of God Amen. I Jonathan Mercer, Planter of Bay Roberts Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, being of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding do hereby on this first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & seventy make this my last will & testament. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Mercer for the term of her natural life or while she remains unmarried all my land together with waterside with the dwelling house outhouses, all & every building thereupon, with my horse, cattle, moveable property and furniture. And after her death, or second marriage, I will the whole of the said property to my two grandsons Jonathan and Zebedee Earl, sons of my daughter Selina Earle to be equally divided between them as follows. The eastern part of the dwelling house to be Jonathan’s, the western end to be Zebedee’s. The land & other property to be equally divided & assigned to each by lot. I also give and bequeath my watch and my pew in st. Matthias Church to my grandson Jonathan Earl, & my gun I give to his father Thomas Earle. And I nominate & appoint my brother Stafford Mercer & my son-in-law Thomas Earle joint executors to this my last will and testament & I do declare this to be my last will & testament.
In witness whereof I the said Jonathan Mercer have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Roberts aforesaid the day & year first above written.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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