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Will of William Redstone
This is the last will and testament of me William Redstone of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter and wharfinger. I give devise and bequeath all my property both real and personal of what nature or kind soever both in Newfoundland and elsewhere to my beloved wife Anne Redstone during the term of her natural life and after her decease my property shall be divided as follows- the dwelling house on the east side of North Street number (34) thirty four shall go to my son George Redstone and his heirs for ever the next adjoining house on the said street number (32) thirty two shall go to my son William Redstone and his heirs for ever, the next adjoining house on the said street number (30) thirty shall become the property of my grandchildren Ellen Harriet Redstone and William J. Redstone children of my son John Redstone for their own use share and share alike free of all claim of or by my said son John Redstone; the house number (28) twenty eight next adjoining the last described house shall go to William Charles Redstone son of my said son George Redstone and his heirs for ever. And it is my will that it shall be in the power of my said wife Anne Redstone to dispose of all the residue of my property (the said four houses excepted as aforesaid) as and how she pleases and the same is hereby entirely vested in and given to her. I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Anne Redstone sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made and I do declare this to be my last will and testament William his X mark Redstone. Signed published and declared by the said William Redstone as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have signed the same as witnesses in the presence of the said testator and of each other this fifth day of February Anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy-six the same having been first read over and explained to and being approved of by the said William Redstone before putting his mark thereto- George M. Johnson, Geo. M. Johnson Junior.
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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