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Will of William Talbot
In the name of God Amen. I William Talbot of Harbor Grace being now in good bodily health and sound memory do hereby make my last will and testament first I give and bequeath to my adopted child Eliza Carberry Talbot all my property in Harbor Grace consisting of houses lands cattle household furniture and every thing the house contains together with three hundred pounds currency- I give and bequeath to my niece Maryanne Power one hundred pounds currency to my sister Catherine Power the sum of fifty pounds currency to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul St. John’s, twenty five pounds currency the parish priest of Harbor Grace for Masses for my soul the sum of five pounds to the parish priest of Portugal Cove for the same intention five pounds and lastly I appoint the Honourable John Munn Merchant of Harbor Grace my sole executor to this my last will and testament-
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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