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Will of Robert Shelley
I Robert Shelley of Apsey Cove in the Northern district of the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament I direct payment of all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, with all convenient speed after my decease, and subject thereto- I give devise and bequeath all my property situate at Apsey Cove, aforesaid and consisting of dwelling houses, stage, gardens, flakes, and all erections thereon, and all my salmon nets, unto my dear wife Mary Shelley for her lifetime- And at her decease I bequeath all my said property situated as aforesaid in three equal parts unto my daughter Adelaide Shelley one part, unto my grandson Charles son of Charles Shelley one part, unto my grandson Esau son of George Shelley one part- And it is further my will that my son Esau Shelley receive no part whatsoever of the property before mentioned as I bequeath him the sum of one shilling sterling (which is this day placed in the hands of my executor) in full consideration of his claims. And it is further my will that should either my daughter Adelaide Shelley, or either of my two grandsons aforesaid, die before coming of age or before my decease then the said property shall be equally divided between those that remain. And I appoint John B. Wheller Esq. of Musgrave Harbor in the Northern District of the Island of Nfld sole executor to this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Robert Shelley the testator, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Robert Shelley. Witness Thos. D. Hodge, Jno. T. Croucher.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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