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Will of Mary Burke
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Burke of St. John’s Widow do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made After the payment of all my debts and funeral expenses and those of my late husband I will and bequeath to my nephew James Anderson of St. John’s Fisherman all my lands situate on the west side of the Kings Road in St. John’s aforesaid and also all my household furniture goods chattels and effects which I may possess at the time of my death and now being in that house situate on the east side of Kings Road aforesaid which I now occupy subject nevertheless to the payment of five pounds to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. Johns’ to be paid by my executors immediately on my demise for the celebration of four Masses annually for five years for the repose of my soul and that of my late husband- I hereby appoint my said nephew James Anderson my sole executor of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereto my hand subscribed at St. John’s this ninth day of February Anno Domini 1878.
Mary her X mark Burke Signed by making her mark published and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Chas Kickham, John Power.
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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