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Will of John K. Parnell
St. John’s, Janry 20th 1869. Know all men by the grace of God that I John K. Parnell of St. John’s Newfoundland do hereby make this my last will and testament in behalf of my wife Elizabeth Parnell and five children that should anything hapen to me when away from St. John’s that I should not be able to return that the whole of my life insurencel, 500 sterling all come to them and after the payment of 150£ cy paid to H. W. Hoyles the house and grown that I now occupy that is theirs also this is my last and the other two that I have made is of no use whatever but are boath void as I am now about to leave here for England by the S. Ship North America and I do this in case of an accident in the preasents of my God in Bowring Brothers wareroom and alone at twelve o’clock A.M. Janry 20th 1869, John K. Parnell.
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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