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Will of Patrick Brown
I Patrick Brown of Carbonear being in ill health but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following: First I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Brown my shop with stock and all appurtenances and all my right title and interest in that dwelling house which I occupy to have and to hold the same to her for and during her natural life and also I will and ordain that two hundred and fifty pounds of the money which I have in the Union Bank be kept at interest and used for her support if she should have no other means of maintenance Also I give devise and bequeath to my son Thomas Brown the reversion or remainder of my dwelling house, store, shop, stock and all appurtenances and all profit, income, and advantage that may result therefrom and the two hundred and fifty pounds aforesaid or the remainder thereof if any part should have been used as aforesaid to have and to hold the same to him the said Thomas Brown his heirs and assigns from and after the decease of my said wife to his and their use and behoof forever, and it is also my will that my said son shall enjoy the same rights and privileges in the house aforesaid that he does enjoy at present with the same supervision of the business during the lifetime of my said wife. I also give and bequeath to him all my property at Dead Island, Labrador, consisting of a fishing room a raft and all appurtenances Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Bridget Hogan all that property known as the Dunigan estate situate at the north of the road near the R.C. church grounds and at present in possession of her husband Patrick Hogan to have and to hold the same to her the said Bridget Hogan her heirs and assigns for her and their use and behoof forever- I also bequeath one hundred pounds to be paid to the said Bridget Hogan by my executor hereinafter named out of the money in the bank aforesaid in one month after the decease of my wife aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Mackey one hundred pounds in money to be paid to her by my executor hereinafter named out of the money in the bank aforesaid in six months after my decease. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Brown two hundred pounds to be paid to her by my executor hereinafter named, out of the money aforesaid at any time she may require it, and also one bed and bedding to be given to her if she should leave the house and an outfit to the amount of thirty or forty pounds if necessary to be given to her out of the profits of the business in case she should wish to become a Religious And in case she should not wish to become such she is to be supported and supplied with all necessaries out of the profits of the business and to have one fourth of the furniture of my house that is of what I possess at present residing in the house, supported and supplied as aforesaid while she shall remain unsettled Also all the rest and residue of my estate, real personal or mixed of which I shall die possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease I give devise and bequeath to my said son Thomas Brown whom I hereby nominate and appoint to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament to pay my just debts out of my estate and to pay to my daughter Norah Brown the sum of twenty pounds out of the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty-fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven. Patrick Brown (LS) The above instrument consisting of one sheet was now here subscribed by Patrick Brown the testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses. Patrick Farrell, residing at Harbor Grace. Patrick Fox, residing at Carbonear.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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