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Will of Michael Stafford
This is the last will and testament of me Michael Stafford of St. John’s Merchant I give and bequeath to my dear wife Dora the whole of my estate real and personal and of what nature and kind soever and I appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my will. The said bequest to my wife to be for her sole separate and absolute use and benefit for ever- Witness my hand at St. John’s this first day of August A.D. 1883. Michael his X mark Stafford. Signed and delivered by the said Michael Stafford as and for his last will in the presence of (having first been read over and explained to the said Michael Stafford) J.S. Winter, James McLoughlan.
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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