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Will of Johana Renouf
In the name of God Amen. I Johana Renouf of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Widow do hereby revoke all wills and testaments by me heretofore made and I do hereby make this my last will and testament I give bequeath and devise unto my executors hereafter named the survivor of them his executors and administrators all the lands goods chattels credits monies securities debentures effects and all real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever which I shall be possessed of, entitled to, or interested in at the time of my decease, upon trust to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and to receive and take the rents, issues, interest and profits of the residue and apply the same to and for the maintenance and support of my two daughters Fanny wife of Robert John Parsons and Eliza now unmarried and of my son John share and share alike for and during the natural life of my said son John and after his decease to hold one half of the said residue of all the said lands goods chattels credits monies securities debentures effects and all real and personal property aforesaid in trust for the sole and separate use and behoof of my said daughter Fanny or such persons or persons as she shall by will appoint and the other half thereof in trust for the sole and separate use and behoof of my said daughter Eliza or such person or persons as she shall by will appoint the same to be held in trust for my said daughters as aforesaid free from all claims by for or on account of any husband of either of them And should either of my daughters die not having made a will then after the death of my said son John to hold the whole of the said residue of all the said lands goods chattels credits monies securities debentures effects and all real and personal property aforesaid in trust for the sole and separate use and behoof of the survivor of my said daughters free from all claim of by for or on account of any husband her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever. And I further will and direct that my executors hereafter mentioned shall retain and pay to themselves or either of them out of my estate a fair and reasonable compensation remuneration and commission for their trouble and services in carrying out and executing the provisions and trusts contained in and created by this my last will and testament and for the management of my estate, I do hereby appoint William Vallance Whiteway and Robert Roberts Wakeham Lilly both of St. John’s aforesaid, Esquires, executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this thirteenth day of December Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty.
Johana Renouf (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said Johana Renouf as and for her last will and testament in presence of, William C. Simms. William M. Bearns.
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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