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Will of John Renouf
Know all men by these presents that I John Renouff of Bay St. George Newfoundland being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made First. I hereby constitute and appoint my son Clement Renouff to be sole executor of this my last will directing my said executor to pay all my debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereinafter given out of my estate I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Elizabeth Caroline Renouff the sum of four hundred dollars the said amount when drawn from the Building Society in Halifax N.S. to be deposited in the Saving Bank on interest untill she attain the age of twenty one years by the executor I give and bequeath unto my niece Elizabeth Renouff the sum of four hundred dollars the said sum of money I will and order to be paid to the said legatee two years after my disease I give and bequeath to my son Clement Renouff the residue of my money the whole amount being in the Building Society in Halifax Nova Scotia. I further give and devise to my son Clement Renouff the dwelling house and furniture and also the fish stores and fishing gear and boats I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife a support as long as she lives out of the estate and legacies will by me to my son Clement Renouff In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven. John his X mark Renouff (LS) The above instrument consisting of one sheet was now here subscribed by John Renouff the testator, in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses, James McFatridge of Bay St. George Nfld. Caroline Jane Goodland.
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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