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Will of James Taylor
This is the last will and testament of me James Taylor of Harbor Briton Fortune Bay Newfoundland. I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my executor and sole trustee hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease- First I desire that I shall be buried decently in the Church of England burial ground and an headstone erected, the proceeds to be paid from the monies in the Trustee hands- I authorize all my moveable property consisting of my clothes, watch & other effects be sold by private sale by my executor and sole Trustee, or whoever he may appoint, also all monies that may be due me in the hands of Messrs. Newman & Co. Of Harbor Briton be also placed in the hands of my executor and sole Trustee. And I do devise and bequeath the above monies and value of property sold by the said Trustee to be placed in his hands for the maintenance of my wife Grace Taylor as long as she remains unmarried and in case she gets married within twelve months from the date of my death she is only to receive one third of all monies and the two thirds to go to my deceased brother William Taylor’s surviving children of West Sidbero Somersetshire, and in case my wife Grace Taylor does not get married within the twelve months from the date of my death, she is to have the whole of my property for her maintenance as long as she lives. My dwelling house I give to my wife Grace Taylor as long as she lives whether married or unmarried, and she is at liberty to sell and dispose of it as she thinks best. And I nominate, constitute and appoint William J. Gallop of Harbor Briton Fortune Bay Newfoundland to be my executor and sole Trustee of this my will and hereby revoking all former or other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made I declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said James Taylor have to this my last will and testament set my hand the eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine.
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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