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Will of William George Rankin
I William George Rankin of Saint John’s Newfoundland, Draper, do hereby make my last will and testament absolutely revoking all other wills by me made at any time whatsoever and declaring the same to be null and void, I hereby give and bequeath all the lands and tenements situate in the town of Saint John’s and vicinity thereof bequeathed to me by my late father together with all other property goods and chattels of which at my decease I may be possessed to my brother Richard T. Rankin for his sole use and benefit. I request and appoint Stephen Rendell Merchant and John Bemister Acting Receiver General of Saint John’s to be the executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal and do declare this to be my last will and testament this seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two-
W.G. Rankin (LS) Signed sealed and declared in presence of John Colton, George T. Thompson.
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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