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Will of William Norman
This is the last will and testament of me William Norman of St. John’s Fisherman. I revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time made. I give devise and bequeath unto my children Mary Ann (wife of George Peckam) Robert and William being the children by my first wife begotten all my lands goods chattels leasehold interests and effects whatsoever and wheresoever situate forever. I direct that my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid by my executors hereinafter named. I appoint Stanley B. Carter of St. John’s Barrister executor of this my last will and testament. St. John’s April 19th 1878.
William his X mark Norman (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence and have in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses (the said will having been first read and explained) S.B. Carter, J.N. McNeily.
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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