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Will of Nathaniel Woodley
In the name of God Amen, I Nathaniel Woodley of Coffinswell in the Country of Devon England, but now being and residing at Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Woodley all and singular my right title and interest in and to whatever freehold or leasehold property appertains to me either in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid or elsewhere together with all goods, chattels, furniture, vessels, craft, money, wares & merchandise in my possession and also all debts owing unto me by any person or persons, to have and to hold unto her my said well beloved wife at her sole and entire disposal free and clear of and freely and clearly absolved from the claim of any other person or persons what or wheresoever, after defraying any just and legal demands which now are, or may hereafter become due from or concerning my said estate at her disposal and unto her heirs and assigns in full and perfect right for ever, and further to the execution of this my last will and testament I hereby appoint my said beloved wife Elizabeth Woodley to be sole executrix and hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 (February 19, 2003)
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