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Will of Elizabeth Prowse
This is the last will of me Elizabeth Prowse of Saint John’s widow. First I will and direct that my executor hereinafter mentioned shall out of my estate pay and discharge all my just debts and funeral expenses. Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my son Thomas Prowse and to my daughter Sarah Prowse jointly during their natural lives and upon the decease of either of them then to the survivor all my half of the cottage now occupied by me situate behind Messrs. Newman and Company’s premises in Saint John’s aforesaid and also all the furniture and utensils now in the said Cottage and to them and their heirs in equal proportions my part or share of those premises occupied by Messrs. Hownsell and Company- Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Anne wife of Thomas Ryal of Saint John’s aforesaid Tailor that house situate in Water Street Saint John’s aforesaid leased to Patrick Clooney and by him transferred to one William McCarthy- Fourthly I give devise and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Moore all that ground and house situate in Water Street in Saint John’s aforesaid in front of the cottage now occupied by me and leased to and occupied by Patrick Ryan. Fifthly- I give devise and bequeath to my granddaughter Susan wife of Hector Dow of St. Lamberts in Canada Accountant my chest of drawers Sixthly I hereby nominate and appoint my friend Thomas Graham Morry Esquire executor of this my last will and testament and lastly I hereby revoke all former wills by me made and do publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament. Elizabeth Prowse. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix as her last will and testament this third day of February Anno Domini 1863 in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in her presence and in the presence of each other- the word “sealed” being interlined in this attestation clause & the words “Lamberts in Canada” on the first page and the words “to them and their heirs in equal proportions” being interlined before the bequest of Hounsells Estate. Thos. G. Morry, Robert J. Kent.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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