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Will of John West
This is the last will and testament of me John West of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Accountant- Being desirous to arrange my affairs so that no dispute may arise after my decease, I give and bequeath unto Mary Devereux wife of Patrick Devereux of Harbor Grace aforesaid the whole of my goods and chattels and whatever money I may die possessed of for her own use and to be at her own disposal irrespective of her husband or of any other claims or claimants whatsoever (my just debts first being paid by her) disallowing all and every other will or wills heretofore made or which may be said to have been made by me. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed and set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this twenty first day of May one thousand eight hundred and sixty two. John West (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the within named testator in our presence who have by his request subscribed our names in the presence of each other as witnesses hereto. Lewis W. Emerson, John P. Jillard.
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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