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Will of John Brine
In the name of God Amen. I John Brine being of sound mind memory and understanding and impressed with the great uncertainty of life and certainty of death do freely and lawfully make this my last will and testament. Firstly I commit my body to the dust whence it came. Secondly I give and bequeath to my lawful wife Margaret Bryan the sum of thirty pounds now deposited in the Union Bank. And also I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Bryan all my land property with house horses and all farming implements with all my effects I also declare should my wife Margaret Bryan marry any other man she shall immediately give up my said land property to my two sons Patrick and Thomas Bryan each son one half I also declare my land property shall never be mortgaged or sold to any person for any debt whatever. I also declare that my two sons shall remain obedient and dutiful to my wife as long as she remain my lawfull wife Margaret Bryan In presence of my executors whose names are hereto affixed I have set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four.
John his X mark Brine. Witness John his X mark Finlay Redmond Aylward, Thomas Foster.
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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