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Will of Catherine Brien
Brigus, December 29th 1866. The last will and testament of Patrick Brien and Catherine his wife both of Brigus, Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland. And as touching the worldly estate wherewith God has blessed us in this life we give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, We give and bequeath unto Catherine Carew, all our property, namely our house and premises and lands situate in Brigus aforesaid together with all our chatels &c. with the understanding that she the said Catherine Carew is to maintain my wife the aforesaid Catherine Brien and her son Maurice Whelan in a decent manner during their natural lives and give them a decent Christian burial at their decease.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this thirtieth of December one thousand eight hundred & sixty six.
Patrick Brien (LS) Catherine X (her mark) Brien (LS) Signed, sealed & delivered by the said Patrick Brien & wife said Catherine Brien as our last will & testament in presence of John Hearn, Jas. Tarahan.
D. M. Browning
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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