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Will of Ann Michell
In the name of God Amen. I Ann Michell widow of the late John Michell of the town of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Farmer, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament.
First, I hereby revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time made.
Second, I give devise and bequeath the dwelling house in which I now reside fronting on the circular road near Saint John’s and all the grounds attached and belonging thereto, also the dwelling house and grounds adjacent now in the occupation of Robert Oke, both places heretofore forming part of Michell’s estate, unto my adopted daughter Jemima Knight wife of Michael Thomas Knight and her lawful issue for ever, free and clear of the debts control and engagement of her present or any future husband.
Third- I also give and bequeath my household furniture and all other my chattels and effects to the said Jemima Knight on the conditions aforesaid provided that should the said Michael Thomas Knight survive his said wife Jemima he shall for his lifetime retain for his own use and benefit the said houses and lands, furniture, chattels and effects, but should the said Jemima Knight die without lawful issue aforesaid then after the life estate of the said Michael Thomas Knight I give devise and bequeath the said houses, lands, furniture and property aforesaid unto Stephen Rendell March second son of Stephen March Esquire and his heirs and assigns for ever and should he die before the said Jemima Knight without having lawful issue and under the age of twenty one years then I give devise and bequeath the said dwelling houses, lands and property aforesaid to the surviving children of the said Stephen March share and share alike after the life estate aforesaid. I appoint and ordain John Bemister and Stephen Rendell of Saint John’s aforesaid to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six.
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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