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Will of William Turner
This is the last will and testament of me William Turner of St. John’s in the island of Newfoundland Tidewaiter. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Ann Turner her executors administrators and assigns absolutely and over all my goods chattels property and effects whatsoever of every kind and description or in which I have any interest including the dwelling houses in William Street, Monkstown, in the town of St. John’s. And I hereby appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four. William Turner. Signed and delivered by testator in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses hereto on the day and year before mentioned and at St. John’s aforesaid, Mary M. Milley, Augustus O. Hayward.
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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