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Will of Daniel Spencer Ward
In the name of God Amen. I Daniel Spencer Ward of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Minister of the Congregational Church being of sound mind and memory but weak in body, do hereby declare this my last will and testament and I do give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Ward all my real and personal property of whatsoever nature or kind for her sole use and benefit for ever. And I do also constitute and appoint my said wife Sarah Ward sole executrix to this my said will with full power to sue recover and receive all debts which may now be due or which may become due to me at the time of my decease. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal dated this tenth day of August one thousand eight hundred and forty three. D.S. Ward (LS) Witnesses to the signature of D. S. Ward, J. Finley, William Lash.
|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 (April 14, 2003)
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