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Will of Barbara Merchant
In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of me Barbara Merchant of Saint John’s, Widow. Any lands tenements goods chattels and effects I may die possessed of or entitled to I will and bequeath to my children William Merchant, Mrs. Elizabeth Flood, Mrs. Maria Eddy and Catherine and my grandchild Barbara Eddie to hold and enjoy the same as tenants in common share and share alike and in the event of any or either of them marrying his or her share shall go to and become the property of my other legatee or legatees- The one hundred pounds now due by me to my said son William shall be a charge on my said estate and paid to him in addition to the interest (in my said estate) therein hereby bequeathed to him- I appoint my said daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Flood executrix hereof. Dated this 7th Feby 1879. Barbara her X mark Merchant. Witness, Jos. I. Little, E.J. Barter.
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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