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Will of Walter Caddigan
In the name of God Amen. I Walter Caddigan of St. John’s Newfoundland Shopkeeper being ill and weak of bodily health but of sound memory and mind do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following I first will and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be interred in decent Christian like manner and I order all my just and lawful debts to be paid. I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Bridget Cadogan all my right title and interest in the dwelling house shop and premises I occupy in Duckworth Street together with all my stock in trade in said house all the monies in my possession or in the Savings Bank whether standing there in my own name or in the name of my wife and all debts due to me together with all my furniture and all other property and houses I may be possessed of at the time of my death whether it be in real estate or personal property and I also nominate and appoint my said wife Bridget Caddigan to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke annul and declare void all former and other wills by me heretofore made Witness my hand at St. John’s aforesaid this fourth day of November Anno Domini 1872
Walter his X mark Caddigan. Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses on the day and year above written the same having been first read over to and approved of by the said testator the words marked with our initials being first interlined,
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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