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Will of James Roberts
Know all men by these presents that I James Roberts of Wild Cove Twillingate in the Northern District of Newfoundland Planter being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. I give and bequeath to my beloved sons Josiah Roberts and John Roberts both of Twillingate aforesaid equally the whole of my landed property dwelling houses stores and stage all gear and craft in short whatever I may be possessed of at the time of my death, providing that the same Josiah Roberts and John Roberts aforesaid do provide and maintain my dearly beloved wife Harriet Roberts during her lifetime in so comfortable a manner as she now is, and also in the same manner as she now is, my beloved daughter Rosanna Roberts until the said Rosanna Roberts shall enter into the estate of matrimony at which period the aforesaid Josiah Roberts and John Roberts shall be released from maintaining the aforesaid Rosanna Roberts and should there be at any time the least dispute between my beloved sons Josiah and John in matters relating to property or the aforenamed maintenance of my beloved wife, I request that the whole control and settlement of such dispute shall be left to the wise judgment of my beloved wife Harriet Roberts aforesaid and I likewise constitute and appoint my friends Mr. Josiah Colbourne and Mr. Edward Brett both of Twillingate aforesaid as executors to this my last will and testament and I do utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & sixty eight. James his X mark Roberts (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James Roberts as his last will & testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, J. B. Blandford, Revd. Thomas Boone.
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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