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Will of John Patterson
In the name of God Amen. I John Patterson of St. John’s Master Mariner do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. First I give devise and bequeath all and every my monies goods chattels and effects of what nature or kind soever they may be to my wife Mary Patterson for her sole and separate use behoof and benefit. Secondly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my will. Dated at St. John’s Newfoundland this second day of September Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy. John Patterson. Signed declared and executed in presence of J.I. Little, W.P. Kitchin.
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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