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Will of William Saunders
This is the last will and testament of me William Saunders of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Planter. I hereby revoke all other wills testaments codicils and writings testamentary and publish this as my last xxxx and only will. I do nominate and appoint Mr. Nicholas Gill Junior of St. John's Merchant and my nephew Mr. John Saunders of same place Carpenter the executors of this my will and testament.
And as to all and singular the rest residue and remainder of my property of which I shall be possessed or entitled to at the time of my death or over which I have or shall have a disposing power whether the same consists or may consist wholly or in part of freehold or leasehold, money, securities for money, debts or of whatever other nature or sort the same may be of, I give and bequeath it unto the aforesaid Nicholas Gill and John Saunders and to the survivor of them and the executors administrators and assigns of such survivor Upon trust that they the said executors and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall and will with all convenient speed after my death sell realize call in and recover all lands, houses, debts, sums of money and other property of me the said William Saunders and out of the same to satisfy and discharge my funeral and testamentary expenses and to reserve in their hands or in the hands of the survivor of them his executors administrators and assigns the sum of ten pounds Currency (that is to say forty Spanish dollars) to be appropriated to and to be expended upon the burial of my said wife Joanna
In witness whereof I the said William Saunders to this my last will and testament have set my hand and seal this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. Wm. Saunders (LS)
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (October 30, 2002)
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