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Will of Elizabeth Rendell
To all to whom these presents shall come I Elizabeth Rendell send greeting- Whereas by deed of Settlement made and executed by me before my marriage with my present husband Elias Rendell Esquire I conveyed all the lands monies bonds mortgages debts goods and chattels which I then possessed or was entitled to unto the Venerable Thomas F.H. Bridge Archdeacon of Newfoundland for the purposes and upon the trusts in the said deed specified and reserving unto me by any deed by me to be made or by will power to dispose of the same after my death and whereas I am desirous of executing such power Now know all men by these presents that in pursuance of the said power so reserved by me I do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner following- First- I appoint Theodore Clift and James B. Wood of St. John's Merchants to be my Trustees and executors- Second I desire and direct that at my death all my landed property of every kind and all monies debts goods and chattels which at the time of my marriage I was possessed of or entitled unto as aforesaid and all to which I shall become entitled by accretion legacy purchase or otherwise shall be divided into three equal shares of which my daughters Mary Jane Steer Isabella Steer and Emma Steer shall each have one share to them for their respective use and benefit irrespective and beyond the control of any husband they may respectively take- And for their respective lives and if any one of them shall die unmarried or without lawful issue the share of such one that shall first die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue shall go to and vest absolutely in my granddaughter Elizabeth daughter of my son John- If a second shall die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue the share of such second so dying unmarried and without lawful issue shall be divided equally between my surviving daughter and my son John- If all my daughters shall die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue the two thirds not otherwise disposed of shall go to and vest absolutely in my said son John- And I further will and direct that my said daughters shall not have the power of selling mortgaging or otherwise encumbering any of the lands or other property left to them respectively hereby but they shall have during their lives only the proceeds and profits thereof-
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 AST)
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