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Will of Philip Moore Senior
In the name of God Amen, I Philip Moore of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being ill and weak of bodily health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in form and manner following, viz. I first will and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be enterd in a decent and Christian like manner and I order all my just and lawful debts to be paid. I next will and bequeath to my beloved son William Moore the premises he occupies at the south side of this harbour for his full use and benefit during the term of the lease as yet unexpired from Mr. Hoyles he paying annually to my wife during said term Mary Moore and my two sons Philip Moore Junr and Thomas Moore on the first of October each year the sum of twenty pounds currency and in default of payment the land room and premises to become the property during the term unexpired of Mrs. Mary Moore, Philip Moore Junr and Thomas Moore
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 AST)
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