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Will of Elizabeth Radford
I Elizabeth Radford of St. John’s Widow being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this to be my last will and testament
First I hereby revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time heretofore made
Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Lydia and her heirs for ever for her own separate use and benefit without being liable to the debts controul or engagement of any husband with whom she may intermarry All that large dwelling house or messuage, gardens in front, and premises with all appurtenances situate in Water Street in the town of St. John’s aforesaid comprising two tenements and partly occupied by myself and partly by John Burrge my tenant also part of the yard in the rear at the eastern end now held by said John Burrge to the extent of eleven feet also the yard as now attached to my dwelling and enclosed with all rents and profits due and to become due thereout-
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Marcus Radford and his heirs for ever the residue of yard at the eastern end aforesaid after and immediately adjoining that so bequeathed to my said daughter Lydia and part used as a small garden to the extent of twenty feet running in the rear from the said eleven feet.
Fourthly I give and bequeath to my two sons the said Thomas Marcus and Henry Radford and their heirs as tenants in common my waterside premises.
Fifthly I give and bequeath all my furniture and other my property I may die possessed of to my said daughter Lydia and her heirs for ever not heretofore bequeathed by this my will I appoint John Butler Bulley Esquire and Elias Rendell Esquire executors of this my last will and testament.
Elizabeth Radford. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix as for her last will in our presence who in her presence have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses at St. John’s this 28th day of July A.D. 1858 the words “and the yard as now attached to my dwelling and enclosed” in the first page being first interlined, F.B.T. Carter, Richd Noyle Charles Stacy.
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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