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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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John Butler Sands
Will of John Butler Sands
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 3-4 probate year 1839.
(This will occurs in the will index chronologically with wills probated in 1866, however it says 1839.)
(However, it wasn't written till 1847, so 1839 is obviously incorrect.)
John Butler Sands deceased.
In the name of God Amen, The twelfth day of February 1847 I John Butler, Sand, of Port de Grave Planter being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed once unto all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive again by the Almighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form-
First I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Jabez Butler the house and land he is now in possession off-
Second I give and bequeath unto my son Caleb Butler the house he occupies and a piece of land adjoining Mrs. Mugford at the south side North Gut as far as my right ???
Third. I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Butler a piece of land that lies just below the Widow Earle.
4th. I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan Butler half of my house and gardens.
5th. I give and bequeath unto my son John Butler half of my house and gardens- Jonathan is to have his choice of the dwelling house and also a spot of land aback Mr. Tucker is Jonathans.
6th. I give and bequeath unto Jonathan and John Butlers the store and wharf and also the Island opposite and its appurtenances And I give and bequeath unto my daughters Priscilla and Mary the goods belonging to their mother. The Seans and netts and Barking Kettle all the brothers to share equally alike and the Clock to remain in the house and the Guns to be shared amongst the brothers I also appoint Edward Kelligrew William Brown and my executors 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 the day and year above written- John his X mark Butler Sands (Seal)
Signed sealed published pronounced declared by the said John Butler Sands as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers
R. Wills- William Brown- Edward Kelligrew-
Codicil- It is to be understood that all the moveable goods in the house is to be shared amongst the brothers in the house.
D. M. Browning
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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