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Will of Richard Willey
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Willey of Burin in the District of Burin Planter, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling all former wills and testaments. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Francis Jane Willey all and singular my property in every form the principal being as follows, viz. six shares in the Commercial Bank at St. John’s- dwelling house and its contents, outhouses and lands for her special use and benefit- I hereby appoint my trusty friends Rev. Geo. Forsey and George Bishop my executors to this my last will and testament all former wills as aforesaid are null and void. In witness whereof all parties have this twenty eight day of October A.D. 1874 set their hands and seals.
Signed Richd Willy Witnesses to the signature of the testator, G. Forsey, Geo. Bishop.
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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