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Will of Richard Tafe
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Tafe of the Town of St. John's and Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being of sound mind and memory and in good bodily health (God be praised) do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say. First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my Creator, and my body to the earth whereof it is made Item I give and bequeath unto my lawful wedded wife Mary the house I now dwell in with the garden adjoining situate in Cantwell's Lane in the Town of St. John's aforesaid, for the unexpired time or term thereof, together with the whole of my household furniture, beds and beding and one hundred and eighty pounds of money now laying in the hands of _______________ the whole of the above mentioned I will and desire shall be and belong unto her the aforesaid Mary my wife, after my death, she defraying the expenses that shall or may be incurred at my demise, and I do hereby nominate and appoint Messrs. John Brine, and Robert Brine, Merchants (of Saint John's) as executors to this my last will and testament, and I revoke all former wills or codicils and publish this to be my last will and testament.
|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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 29, 2002)
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