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Will of Patrick Brien
Brigus, December 31st 1866. I Patrick Brien of Brigus, Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God do make and ordain this my last will and testament, and as touching the worldly estate wherewith God has blessed me in this life I give demise and dispose in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath unto Catherine Carew all my property namely my house and premises and lands situate in Brigus aforesaid together with all my goods chatels and effects on condition and with the understanding the the said Catherine Carew is to maintain my wife Catherine Brien and her son Maurice Whelan during their natural lives and give them at their deaths a decent Christian burial.
Second, I constitute make and ordain Pierce M. Barron, Esqr. St. John's and Mathew Carew of Salmonier my executors to see me decently buried and every thing else properly ordered according to the true intent of this my last will and testament And I do hereby utterly disannul revoke and disallow all and every other former testaments wills &c. executed by me in any way before ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.
Patrick Brien (LS) signed sealed and delivered by the said Patrick Brien as his last will & testament in presence of Thomas Kelly, Richard Whelan.
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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