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Will of George Stevens
This is the last will and testament of me George Stevens of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Cooper, In the first place, I give devise and bequeath to my wife, Eleanor Stevens her heirs and assigns for ever one half part of all my freehold property, farm, land and premises, situate at River Head, near the town of Saint John’s aforesaid, and also one half part of my leasehold property held under lease by me from A.H. Holdsworth, and also one half part of my lease hold property held under lease by me from Mary Duncan and Isabella Twisden- To hold the same unto the said Eleanor Stevens her executors, administrators and assigns for and during all the unexpired term or interest which I shall have therein at the time of my decease.
Secondly- I give, devise and bequeath to my son John Shens Stevens his heirs and assigns for ever, one half part of all my freehold property farm land and premises, situate at River Head near the Town of Saint John’s aforesaid; and also one half part of my leasehold property held under lease by me from A.H. Holdsworth and also one half part of my leasehold property held under lease by me from Mary Duncan and Isabella Twisden- To hold the same unto the said John Shens Stevens, his executors administrators and assigns for and during all the unexpired term or interest, which I shall have therein, at the time of my decease. And it is my further will that whatever money, Government debentures or other property, real or personal, that I may have or be entitled to, at the time of my decease, besides the property above mentioned, shall be divided equally between my said wife and son, their heirs and assigns for ever, share and share alike And lastly I do nominate and appoint my said son, John Shens Steven, executor of this my will, hereby revoking all former and other wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Saint John’s aforesaid this thirtieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight. George Stevens (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Thos. Long, Jas. P. Moore.
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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