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Will of Maurice B. Brazil
In the name of God Amen, I Maurice Brazil formerly of Waterford in Ireland and at present residing in Saint John's Newfoundland being at present of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and therefore mindful of my mortality do this twenty fourth day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be decently interred in Belvidere churchyard. I then give and bequeath unto Bridget Farrell with whom I now board the sum of fifty pounds currency. I give and bequeath unto Mr. Richard Holly of Saint John's Blockmaker the sum of ten pounds currency, and to his sister Mary Holly ten pounds currency. (In all twenty pounds cy) And as to the residue of funds and moveable property belonging to me and remaining in the hands of my executor after the legacies aforesaid and my funeral expenses shall have been paid I give and bequeath the same to the poor of Saint John's and Ferryland in such proportions as my executor hereinafter named shall at his discretion distribute among them for the benefit of my soul. And I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Richard Holly, Blockmaker, executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and declaring null and void all wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto (after carefully perusing and finding it in every item correct) set my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid the day month and year first before written, Maurice B. Brazil (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament in presence of us, Hy Devereux, Not. Pub. Richard Holly.
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.
Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk and by Judy Benson
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Wednesday, 20-Feb-2013 04:26:41 AST )
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