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Will of Catherine Buckley
In the name of God Amen. I Catherine Buckley widow of the late John Buckley of St. John’s Newfoundland Blacksmith being now of sound mind but in a feeble state of health and revoking all other wills codicils and testamentary devices whatsoever do make and ordain the following to be my last will and testament. I desire that my house & premises situate on Holloway Street in the town of St. John’s aforesaid be sold without unnecessary delay and out of the proceeds of said sale I give and bequeath to my son James the sum of forty pounds cy (£40) and to the Revd Michael Howley the sum of eight pounds cy (£8) for Masses for the repose of my soul The residue (after my funeral expenses are paid) I give and bequeath to my beloved children Patrick and Ann to be divided between them in equal proportions Should the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds now deposited in the Union Bank of St. John’s aforesaid in the name of my son Edward Buckley revert to me, I give and bequeath it in equal proportions to my granddaughter Catherine Comerford and my children aforesaid viz Patrick Ann and James directing them at the same time to pay to the Revd Fathers Delaney & Clarke the sum of eight pounds cy (£8) for Masses for the repose of the soul of the said Edward Buckley I appoint John Maher and Edward St. George executors of this my last will and testament. Declared by me this twenty seventh day of June A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four
Catherine her X mark Buckley Signed published and declared as and for her last will and testament in our presence being first read over and explained Edwd J. St. George, John Maher, Not. Pub.
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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