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Will of Michael Shortle
In the name of God Amen, I Michael Shortle of Saint John’s,
Newfoundland being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory
thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing
that it is appointed for all men once 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 hand 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
the same again by the mighty 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, My just and lawful debts to be discharged thirty shillings yearly to
be raised out of my property in houses during the lease and given to the Rt
Revd Doctor Fleming or his successor for the benefit of my soul to be disposed
of at his pleasure or discretion
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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