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Will of Samuel Roberts
In the name of God Amen. I Samuel Roberts of Brigus in Conception Bay being weak in health but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding blessed be God for the same do this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping for a glorious resurrection, and a remission of all my sins, through the merits and mediation of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth, to be decently interred at the discretion of my son hereinafter named, And as to such worldly estate of which I may die possessed I give and bequeath the same as follows, viz. I give and bequeath to my elder son John Roberts whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executor of this my last will and testament, all and singular my lands messuages and utensils one feather bed two guns one chest and clothing one sixth part of a pew in the Methodist chapel, by him freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul, all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways 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 on the day of the date before written. Samuel his X mark Roberts (LS) Signed sealed published and declared as for the last will and testament of the said Samuel Roberts in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses thereto on the day of the date before written, Signed John Norman, Jonathan Percey, witnesses.
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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