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Will of James Cahill
This is the last will and testament of me James Cahill of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Tailor, first I order that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid out of my estate. Secondly, I appoint Lewis Wilkins Emerson of Harbor Grace aforesaid executor of this my last will and testament and trustee for Margaret Hartry widow of George Hartry late of Harbor Grace aforesaid Master Mariner deceased and her three children - namely- Jeremiah Hartry, George Hartry and Catherine Elizabeth Hartry- I will and bequeath to the said Lewis Wilkins Emerson in trust for the said Margaret Hartry the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to her by the said trustee free and independent of any future husband she may have or to be invested for her sole and separate use by the said trustee as she may desire I will and bequeath to the said Lewis Wilkins Emerson as such trustee, in trust for the above named Jeremiah Hartry, George Hartry and Catherine Elizabeth Hartry the sum of six hundred pounds to be divided share and share alike between them on their attaining the age of twenty one years, the interest arising from the same to be paid in the meantime to the said Margaret Hartry for the maintenance education and support of the said children- All the rest residue and remainder of my said estate I will and bequeath to the said Margaret Hartry- and I hereby revoke annull and declare void all other wills heretofore made or said to be made by me declaring this to be my only true last will and testament- In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal this twenty fourth day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy four- A.D. 1874. James Cahill (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Cahill as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness- as The said will having been first read over and explained to the said James Cahill in our presence, J. Bemister, T.R. Bennett.
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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