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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William Searle
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 pages 50 & 51 probate year 1827-1830
In re William Searle deceased
This is the last will and testament of me William Searle of Weston Within the Parish of Berry Pomeroy in the County of Devon Merchant who am weak in body but of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding
First I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay and discharge all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon as possible after my decease
I give devise and bequeath unto my dear father John Searle of Weston aforesaid all my money and securities for money goods chattels estate and effects of what nature or kind so ever and wheresoever the same shall be at the time of my death To Hold the same unto my said father absolutely for his own use and benefit
And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Father the whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void every other will or will at any time heretofore by me made and declaring this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said William Searle have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty first day of may in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven. Wm. Searle [LS]
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named William Searle as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. Gilbert N. Tompson, Surgeon Totnes. James Searle. Mary Parrott.
Certified correct D.M. Browning
|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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