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Will of Edward Mitchell
In the name of God Amen. I Edward Mitchell of Burin Planter being of sound perfect and disposing mind memory and understanding do make publice and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Hannah during her lifetime all my really money securities for money and all my personal estate of every description situate at Musqueto Cove now in my possession To hold the same to my said wife her executors administrators and assigns absolutely together with my dwelling house household furniture fishing room and all and every my other property of what ever description together with all debts that may be due me. But if my said wife die before me then I give devise and bequeath unto my son Joseph Mitchell all the property now in his possession or may possess at my decease. I give devise and bequeath to my sons William and John during their lifetime the property they now occupy and if my son William die without issue I give devise and bequeath to my grandson Joseph Edward son of John all and every his share or shares of the property now in his possession or may be in his possession at my decease- I also give and bequeath to my said grandson my clock I give and bequeath to my son John at the decease of his mother Fifty pounds in the Bank in St. John’s and the balance I give and bequeath to my son William their heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever and of this my last will and testament I appoint my sons Joseph and John executors, hereby revoking all former wills I declare this only to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this thirty first day of October 1860. Edward Mitchell (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator in the presence of witness Thos. Birkett.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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