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Will of Anastatia St. John
In the name of God, Amen. I Anastatia St. John do make and declare this to be my last will and testament and bequeath as follows To my son the Revd. John St. John three Government debentures amounting to eight thousand four hundred dollars To my daughter Johannah Howley the two brick dwelling houses situate in Duckworth Street and at present in the occupancy of Messrs. Pitts and Toussaint. Out of the amount of the policy of insurance on my life I desire that the following sums be paid viz To Mrs. Mary and Johannah Howley two hundred pounds each, to my son Francis one hundred pounds to the Orphanage at Belvidere one hundred pounds to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul fifty pounds to the Ladies Society of St. Vincent de Paul fifty pounds to my son Francis the house and premises situate on Duckworth Street now in the occupancy of Doctor Simms as tenant, my dwelling house, bakery and all the adjoining premises together with my stock in trade furniture and all the residue of my goods and chattels of which I am no or may hereafter be possessed, my shares in the Union and Commercial Banks with all interests or profits accruing thereon and I hereby appoint him my sole executor to this my last will and testament- Dated at Saint John’s this 4th day of December one thousand eight hundred and seventy five.
A. St. John, Witnessed by us, T. S. Dwyer, John Dunn.
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)
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