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Will of James Moores
In the name of God Amen. I, James Moores of Back Harbour Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland being of perfect mind & memory do make this my last will & testament. I give the whole of the amount of money which I may possess at the time of my decease to my wife Elizabeth Moores to be enjoyed by her during her life, and at her decease to be disposed of as she might direct. James Moores- Signed & sealed on this the 31st day of July 1861, in the presence of Thomas Harris witness. This is to certify that I James Moores of Back Harbour, Twillingate, Newfoundland, being weak in body but of a sound mind, do give unto my sons Edmund & Isaac, half of my fishing room on “Batrick’s Island” with the garden attached thereto with the understanding that it is never to be sold out of the family. As witness my hand and seal, James Moores his X (LS) Witnesses, Wm. his X Wells John his X Freeman, Jany 20th 1862.
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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