Transcribed by Judy Benson
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors

Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 178-179 probate year 1870

Will of Jonathan Mercer


In the name of God Amen. I Jonathan Mercer, Planter of Bay Roberts Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, being of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding do hereby on this first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & seventy make this my last will & testament. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Mercer for the term of her natural life or while she remains unmarried all my land together with waterside with the dwelling house outhouses, all & every building thereupon, with my horse, cattle, moveable property and furniture. And after her death, or second marriage, I will the whole of the said property to my two grandsons Jonathan and Zebedee Earl, sons of my daughter Selina Earle to be equally divided between them as follows. The eastern part of the dwelling house to be Jonathan’s, the western end to be Zebedee’s. The land & other property to be equally divided & assigned to each by lot. I also give and bequeath my watch and my pew in st. Matthias Church to my grandson Jonathan Earl, & my gun I give to his father Thomas Earle. And I nominate & appoint my brother Stafford Mercer & my son-in-law Thomas Earle joint executors to this my last will and testament & I do declare this to be my last will & testament.

In witness whereof I the said Jonathan Mercer have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Roberts aforesaid the day & year first above written.

Jonathan his X mark Mercer. Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Jonathan Mercer as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set & subscribed our names as witnesses. Isaac Mercer, Charles his X mark Mercer

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning

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