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Will of George Whitten
This is the last will and testament of me George Whitten of Southside St. John’s Newfoundland, Planter, made this eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven, First I give devise and bequeath to my two daughters Marcella Elizabeth wife of Robert Rose Roberts of Southside aforesaid, Sailor, and Mary Ann wife of Levi Taylor of the same place, Fisherman all my household furniture and effects and the piece of land at the back of my dwelling house and south of the fish flakes used by Frederick Whitten to be divided between them share and share alike and to their heirs and assigns forever. To the said Marcella Elizabeth Roberts her heirs and assigns forever I give devise and bequeath my present dwelling house aforesaid with the land upon which it is built together with the garden at the back of it and north of the said fish-flakes. To the said Frederick Whitten and his brother William Henry their heirs and assigns forever I give devise and bequeath share and share alike the piece of land upon which the said fish-flakes stand.
To my grandson Charles Henry son of the late George Whiten now abroad, his heirs and assigns forever, I give devise and bequeath the piece of land upon which stand the two tenements built by his father and now occupied by Widows Blake and Harris. To my son Josiah I give devise and bequeath the piece of land lying on South side aforesaid, between the two stages occupied by my grandson William Henry and my son John, his heirs and assigns forever. To my son Henry I give devise and bequeath the flake and stage occupied by him; to my grandsons William Henry and Frederick John, the stage occupied by the said William Henry Whitten, their heirs and assigns respectively for ever; and to my son John the stage and flake occupied by him- To my two sons John and Henry, and to my grandsons Frederick John and William Henry, I respectively give devise and bequeath the land upon which their respective houses (the said William Henry’s house excepted) stand, that is to say, to John the land upon which his house stands and to my grandsons aforesaid, Frederick John and William Henry, the ground upon which stands the house occupied by the said Frederick John. And I hereby declare that all the aforesaid property is situate on South side aforesaid, and that the person herein mentioned at one time as Frederick Whitten, & at other times as Frederick John Whitten is one & the same person, namely my grandson Frederick John Whitten. I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons John and Henry aforesaid my joint executors and declare this to be my last will and testament.
The mark of X George Whitten (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence in the presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the day and year first above written, Edward Botwood, Rector of St. Mary’s, George Whitten his X mark son of Robert.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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