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Will of Elizabeth Skelton
In the name of God Amen, I Elizabeth Skelton of Bonavista but now on a visit to Kingscove where I have been taken ill, do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows- I give devise and bequeath to my daughters Elizabeth Pittman Bayly and Amelia Kirby, to be equally divided between them all my Bank stock consisting of the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds invested in the new three per cents annuities of the Bank of England, and which I have lately empowered Messrs. David Durell & Co. of Poole, Dorset, to sell out, and transfer the proceeds to the Union Bank of Newfoundland. And I give devise and bequeath to my son John Gent Skelton all my right title and interest in and to all that dwelling house, stables, land and other property belonging to my late husband John Skelton. I appoint Revd A.E.C. Bayly and John G. Skelton executors of this my last will and testament.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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