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Will of James Smith
The last will and testament of James Smith of Brigus Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Master Mariner. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth all my right title and interest in and to my dwelling house shop stores and other buildings also all the stock in trade together with all my household furniture cash and every other description of property I may be possessed of to have and to hold for her own proper use and behoof during the term of her natural life at her decease I desire that the above mentioned property be divided among my surviving children or their issue in such proportions as my wife Elizabeth may deem fit And I hereby nominate my wife Elizabeth to be executrix 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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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