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Will of William West
This is the last will and testament of me William West of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer I do hereby revoke all former wills and codicils I appoint my nephew Robert Hunt of St. John’s aforesaid to be executor of this my will- After my lawful and just debts are paid I give devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife All the right title and interest of all the lands which I hold under the Crown (both freehold and leasehold Also all my household furniture pictures clothes lining &c. &c. &c. which I may be possessed of at the time of my death during her the said Fanny Wests life time- And after my dearly beloved wife’s death It is my wish that all the above property should be sold or valued to pay off my just debts- And to satisfy my nephew Robert Hunt and my niece Elizabeth Hunt in consideration for our living with them- Should there be anything over and above after my own and my beloved wifes debts are paid the remainder is to be given to my stepson Robert Steers (Baker) at New York. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John’s this 1st day of May 1854. William his X mark West (LS) Witnesses, Robert Hunt, Elizabeth Hunt, Thos. S. Selby, John Canning, John Dooley.
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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