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Will of John Power
In the name of God Amen I John Power of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby annulling all former wills or testaments by me heretofore made or cause to be made.
First I desire that all my just debts be paid
Second- I give and bequeath the sum of twenty dollars for Masses for the repose of my soul-
Third- I give devise and bequeath all my leasehold property situate on the North side of Pokeham Path of every description (except as is hereinafter mentioned) unto my wife Jane and my children James, George, Robert, Margaret Mary, and Jane Mary for their and each of their support and maintenance and in case my said wife should marry then and in such case I give and bequeath the house I now live for her own use during the unexpired term of my lease therein.
Fourth I give devise and bequeath unto my three sons James, George and Robert the piece of ground situate on the south side of Pokeham Path share and share alike.
Fifth I give and bequeath unto my said wife and children all money and securities for money I may die possessed of for their and each of their support and maintenance
Sixth I give and bequeath all my stock in trade and household furniture unto my said wife (so long as she remains unmarried) and children aforesaid-
Seventh My executors hereinafter named to use their own discretion in carrying on the Cooperage business now owned by me or in making any alteration therein-
Eighth I appoint Mr. Philip Hally and Mr. Michael Ellard executors of this my last will and testament- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of November A.D. 1876
John Power (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Power as and for his last will and testament in presence of us and each of us who have in his presence and in presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses, M.J. O’Mara, Michael Ellard.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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