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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Thomas Nurse from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 69 probate year 1851
Thomas Nurse deceased.
This is the last will and testament of Thomas Nurse of Saint John's Newfoundland. I, Thomas Nurse being of sound mind and recollecting the uncertainty of life do declare this my first and last will and testament, first I commend my soul to God who gave it, may He through Christ forgive all my sins for his mercy sake.
My worldly property after my lawful debts are paid I give as follows; unto my beloved son John Nurse the house and garden in the rear or attached to it where I now live and to his heirs for ever. I give unto my beloved daughter Sarah Williams and to her heirs for ever the house occupied by ___________ Nangle & Son on land leased to Mr. John Bulley adjoining land belonging to Livingston's Estate.
I give unto my beloved daughter Elizabeth Russel and her heirs for ever the house and garden in the rear now occupied by Murphy and Williams adjoining _______ Nagles on land leased to Mr. John Bulley.
I give unto my beloved daughter Hannah Marshall and her heirs for ever the house and garden in the rear now occupied by Richard Williams and George Cox adjoining Murphy and Williams house on land leased to the said Mr. John Bulley.
I give unto my son John Nurse all my remaining title and interest in the land and houses erected thereon designated by my father's will as the Three cornered meadow. I also give unto my son John Nurse and his heirs for ever all my right and title to a fishing room situate in Petty Harbour now under lease to John Chafe and others.
All the above named property to be subject to my beloved wife Mary Nurse during her natural life. I also appoint my son John Nurse and William Bulley to be executors of this my last will and testament.
As witness my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
Thomas his X mark Nurse (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of (being first read over and explained)
John Bulley, Jno. Bulley Jr.
D. M. Browning
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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