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Will of Charles Radford
I Charles Radford of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter being of sound and disposing mind memory and understand do make this to be my last will and testament- First- I desire and direct that all my just debts and expenses of funeral be paid. Second, I give devise and bequeath to my six children namely John Radford, Elizabeth Radford, Julia Radford, Isabella Ann Radford, Selina Radford and William Charles Radford all my landed property and waterside premises (not including the buildings and erections thereon) to be divided equally between them share and share alike. Third I give devise and bequeath to my said daughters and son William Charles the dwelling houses outhouses stages and flakes and all buildings and erections thereon and all the rents and profits to be derived therefrom and all and whatsoever property and effects I may die possessed of to be divided equally between them share and share alike. And it is my will and desire that should any of the said property be at anytime offered for sale my said children are to have the preference or option of purchasing the same Lastly I appoint Charles Smith of the south side of St. John’s to be executor under this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Charles Radford have hereunto set my hand this second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty at St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid. Charles his X mark Radford. Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at the same time and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the same having first been read over and explained, J. Augustus Clift, Chas. Smith.
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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