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Will of Patrick Brian
In the name of God Amen, I Patrick Brian of Tilton Harbour in the Island of Fogo being sick of body but of sound disposing mind and memory doth make this my last will and testament in the presence of the underneath persons 1st I give and bequeath to my best beloved wife Margret Brian my dwelling house with the furniture and all materials belonging to it my cattle and gardens during her life and after her life to be give to my son Cornelius Brian- 2nd, I give and bequeath to my beloved sons Daniel and Cornelius Brian my whole property equally, saying, schooner, boats, seines & land property &c, 3rly I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Ellen Brian the sum of thirty pounds and to my wife thirty pounds of the money lying on the hands of Messrs. William Cox & Co. I possess a piece of ground bounded on the one side by widow Meehan and on the other side by the widow Coleman, which place I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ellen Brian. Given under my hand, Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of this 24th day of February 1860, Patrick his X mark Brian (LS) Witness, Thomas Kennedy, John Geany, Patrick Foley.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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