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Will of Peter Rogerson
In the name of God Amen, I Peter Rogerson of St. John’s Newfoundland, Merchant, being of sound health mind & memory and knowing the uncertainty of human life do make this as my last will and testament, that is to say, after all my just debts are paid, I leave and bequeath to my beloved wife Amelia Rogerson all my property of goods & chattels whatsoever, book debts &c. for her use and behoof during her natural life and at her death to go to my son James J. Rogerson & his children after her death as she may direct & to be given in such a way as they may not sell nor dispose of the same but receive the rents of all the landed property for their support.
Given under my hand & seal as my last will & testament & appointing my said wife Amelia Rogerson, and James J. Rogerson my sole executors of this my last will & testament in presence of this 27th day of March 1850.
Peter Rogerson, Witness, R.P.
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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