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Will of William Wills
Fox Harbour Random South Trinity Bay August 6th 1871 In the name of God Amen. I William Wills of Fox Harbour Trinity Bay fisherman being weak in body but perfect in mind and memory of my body 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 Almighty God that gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as tuching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form First I give my wife Elizabeth Wills her suport out of the produce of my land as long as she holds her name but said wife shall not sell or cause to be sold any part of my standing property consisting of one dwelling house two storehouses and fishing property and all lands known by name of Wills Room situated the south side of Fox Harbor wich I bequeath to the Lord Bishop or senod of the Church of England to be used at his or their disposal and no others William Wills (LS) Signed & declared on 6th day of August 1871 Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said William Wills as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names George Vardey J.P. David Benson his - X Robert George his X
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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