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Will of Nicholas Power
This is the last will and testament of me Nicholas Power of St. John’s Newfoundland Fisherman hereby revoking all other and former wills by me at any time made I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal property whatsoever of which I may die possessed to my executor hereinafter mentioned upon trust First to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses Second to pay the Lady Superior for the time being of the Convent of Mercy Military Road Saint John’s the sum of three pounds currency per annum to be used by her for such charitable purposes as she shall deem proper Third I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal property whatsoever to my wife Margaret during the term of her natural life or until she shall marry again and it is my will that upon the marriage or death of my said wife whichever shall first happen all my property hereby devised to her shall go to the Lady Superior for the time being of the Convent of Mercy Military Road Saint John’s to be used by her for such charitable purposes as she shall deem proper And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint William Bearns of Saint John’s Accountant Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at Saint John’s aforesaid this twenty third day of August A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven
Nicholas his X mark Power. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribing witnesses the same having first been read over and explained to the said testator in our presence who have signed these presents as such witnesses in the presence of said testator and of each other. F.E.M. Bunting. W. B. Killigrew.
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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