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Will of Richard Stewart
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Stewart now of Saint John's Newfoundland but up to this date a pentitioner in His Majesty's Navy being in a weakly state of health but of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make this my last will and testament, first giving my soul into the hands of God who gave it, next my body to be interd in a respectable and Christian like manner. I also give and bequeath to Edward Gray who has housd lodgd and befriended me and who is to be at the expense of my burial to have and receive all the pension money due up to the date of my death to me together with any other article belonging to me, which are of scarcely any value, as part of a remuneration for his kindness to me, and also from his wife and family, which attended me in my sickness, and from my heart I declare this my will at this my last moments. As witness my hand the 29th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight. Richard his x mark Stewart (LS) James Hackett. Valentine Merchant.
Certified Correct,D. M. Browning
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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