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Will of Richard Burn
In the name of God Amen, I Richard Burn being weak in body and strong in memory do make this my last will and testament. I Richard Burn first bequeath my soul to God, my body to the earth and rotness and to be entered in the Catholic Church or Burial Ground of Petty Harbour " ". I Richard Burn bequeath to John Keneally my two boxes and cloths and ten pounds in money and I Richard Burn bequeath three pounds in cash to the Revd. Father Condon there is three pound ten shillings due to me by Edward Coady which I Richard Burn bequeath to the Revd. Father O'Donnell I bequeath also to Denis Burn all after these sums of money are paid and Denis Burn is to bury me and to put a headstone over me whire I shall be buried and Denis Burn is to pay for five Masses for the repose of my soul. I Richard Burn bequeath one English shilling to Thomas Burn I Richard Burn also bequeath one English shilling to Lawrence Burn. I Richard Burn do further say that whatever money that I am worth is in the hands of Mr. John O'Marah in St. John's I Richard Burn bequeath to Mrs Mary Brine twenty shillings for a shawl Signed sealed (and delivered) in presence of John Hackett.
|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 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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