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Will of Charles Power
In the name of God Amen. I Charles Power of Saint John's in the Central District of the Island of Newfoundland Dealer being in good health and of sound mind and understanding do make this my last will and testament being moved thereto by the uncertainty of life and being about to proceed on a voyage to the coast of Labrador. I do therefore by this paper writing will and declare that I devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth all my property of every description and kind real and personal of which I may be possessed at the time of my death wherever situate to hold unto her the Elizabeth during the term of her natural life for the support of herself and family but she shall have no power to alienate and dispose of any part thereof other than for such support Further should my said wife marry she shall have no share or interest in my said estate but the same shall go to my children or those who shall survive me at the time of my death share and share alike. Also I give devise and bequeath unto the children the survivors of my said wife all the residue and remainder of my said property after her death to be held by them share and share alike; this bequest to take effect should the said Elizabeth remain single and thus give effect to my former bequest other wise my former bequest as regards my children shall take effect immediately upon the marriage of my said wife and I do hereby appoint George James Hogsett and James McLoughnan executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid this fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four. Charles Power (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of the words "the children the" being first interlined, James L. Prendergast, Jeffrey Lash.
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.
Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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