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Will of Michael Power
In the name of God Amen. I Micl Power of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland do make and ordain this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other and former wills and testaments by me at any time made. After the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Power all the property goods chattels and affects of which I may be possessed or entitled to at the time of my decease. I appoint Lawrence Parker to be executor of this my last will and testament. St. John’s Newfoundland 20th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five. Michael Power. Signed published and declared as and for his last will and testament by the testator in presence of us who at the request and in presence of said testator and of each other sign as attesting witnesses, (witnesses) Thos. Walsh, Samuel Walsh.
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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