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Will of James Stuckless
I James Stuckless of Twillingate in Newfoundland, fisherman, being of sound mind do thus publish and declare my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former dispositions of my property I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Colbourne her heirs, executors and administrators, for her and their own use and benefit absolutely and for ever, all my estate and effects, both real and personal, whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature and quality soever; on the condition that she maintain her mother my dear wife Ann Stuckless as long as she lives; and I hereby appoint my dear friends Robert Talbot Gillingham of Twillingate, and Hannibal Stowe of Twillingate, together with my dear daughter Eliza Colbourne as executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty third day of May one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six. James Stuckless his X mark. Signed acknowledged and declared by the said James Stuckless as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who being present at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Robert Talbot Gillingham of Twillingate, John Reay of Twillingate.
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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