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Will of Henry Westerman
In the name of God Amen I Henery Westerman of Holyrood being in poor health and weak but of perfect mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of the almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give divide and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Martha Walsh (my housekeeper over fifteen years) the sum of two hundred and seventy three dollars and forty four cents lodged in the Saveings Bank of St. John’s NewFoundland at the rate of three per cent with interest due thereon since October 16th 1876-
Secondly I give and bequeath to the same said Martha Walsh all my worldly goods that is house furniture, carpenters tools, bed bedding, chests, desks, writing desks, and every thing belonging to me-
Thirdly that I shall be waked and buried decently.
Fourthly I appoint John Veitch and George Veitch to be my executors. Witness my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.
Henry Westerman (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us and in the presence of each other being first duly read over, witness John Veitch (LS) George Veitch (LS) Holyrood, February 16th 1877.
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. 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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