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Will of Eliza Thomson
St. John’s, Newfoundland, October 27th 1876. This is the last will of me Eliza Thomson Widow at present in Saint John’s Newfoundland. I leave and bequeath all that land and premises with all buildings and appurtenances situated on and in New Gower Street a little west of Queen Street Saint John’s formerly possessed by my late mother Elizabeth Fergus and settled upon me to my dear cousin James Oliphant Fraser Junior to be held in trust by trustee hereafter named until he comes of age I appoint to my executors to carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament. As there is on said property a mortgage of £20 currency in favor of Mr. J. B. Wood I request my executors to pay this sum out of the first years rent after my death. Also before transferring said property to pay all my funeral expenses I leave to Marion Ewing Fraser my piano and music stool, my gold watch and my small chest of drawers I leave to James Oliphant Fraser Junior my writing desk all my wearing apparel to my aunt Mary Ewing and my cousin Jessie Stranger to be divided between them as they may choose also to Mary Ewing my bedstead bed mattress, bedding, bed curtains with all my bedroom furniture as it now stands except the stove which is not mine. I appoint James Shannon Clift and Thomas Clift as my executors to carry out the provision of this my last will and testament. In the event of the death of James Oliphant Fraser Junior, he leaving no issue, I hereby bequeath all the property left to him to my cousin Jessie Stranger. Eliza Thomson. T. Talbot. L.T. Chancey.
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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