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Will of John Berrigan
I John Berrigan of St. John’s Newfoundland, Tailor, do make this my last will and testament I will and bequeath all my property both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever unto my executor hereafter named in trust for the use of my son Patrick my daughter Mary Anne wife of William Coady my daughter Teresa wife of Thomas Coady and my granddaughter Rosalie daughter of Thomas Coady in four parts share and share alike my daughters and granddaughter’s shares to be held to their own sole and separate use free from the claim of their husband’s. Prior to the division of my property above mentioned out of my estate shall be paid my just debts and funeral expenses and a suitable headstone shall be provided to my memory I appoint Wm. Whiteway of St. John’s, Barrister, executor of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April Anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy four.
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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