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Will of John Power Senior
In the name of God Amen I John Power Senr of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Master Cooper being of sound mind memory and understanding do this second day of August Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, First I resign my soul to Almighty God and my body I commit to the earth And my worldly goods and property I dispose of as follows that is to say I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Power And to my grand daughter Sarah Murphy all my right title and interest in and to certain leasehold premises namely seven dwelling houses with their appurtenances situate on the north side of New Gower Street in the town of Saint John’s aforesaid, To have and to hold to my said daughter Sarah Power and to my said grand daughter Sarah Murphy the said several dwelling houses with the appurtenances and all the rents issues and profits thereof share and share alike for and during the unexpired term yet to come in the said several premises subject nevertheless to the rents covenants and clauses mentioned in the several leases of the said premises Also I give and bequeath to my said daughter Sarah Power and to my said grand daughter Sarah Murphy all my interest in and to certain leasehold premises namely a Coopers shop and a dwelling known by the name of the “Tannery” with their appurtenances situate on the south side of New Gower Street in the town of Saint John’s aforesaid To have and to hold the said Coopers shop and Tannery with the appurtenances unto my said daughter Sarah Power and to my said grand daughter Sarah Murphy together with the rents and profits thereof share and share alike subject nevertheless to the rents covenants and clauses mentioned in the leases of the said last mentioned premises and it is my will and request should my said grand daughter Sarah Murphy marry or refuse to reside with my said daughter Sarah Power during the continuance of the leases of the above mentioned premises then the share of my said grand daughter Sarah Murphy herein bequeathed to her shall cease and which share I give and bequeath to my said daughter Sarah Power Also I give and bequeath to my said daughter Sarah Power my two silver watches for her own use and benefit
Also I give and bequeath to my son John Power Junior all and whatever coopers implements I am possessed of And also I give and bequeath to my said daughter Sarah Power all my household furniture beds bedding and all other furniture and all the rest and residue of my property whatsoever and wheresoever the same may be and not hereinbefore given and disposed of (after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses) I do hereby give and bequeath to my said daughter Sarah Power her executors administrators and assigns to and for her and their own use and benefit absolutely. And I do nominate and appoint Patrick O’Keefe of Saint John’s aforesaid executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Saint John’s aforesaid the day and year first above written. John his X mark Power Senr (LS) Signed sealed declared and published by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto (being first read over and explained) Stephen Rogers, Rob. R. Holden.
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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