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Will of Michael Cahill
In the name of God Amen I Michael Cahil of Saint John’s Farmer being sick but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and first I give and bequeath unto my son John all my land and property situate on the north side of the road leading to the Sand Pits together with the north end of the dwelling house now occupied by me and also two cows two horses and all the carts and horse tackling of every description to hold to him the said John and his heirs for ever. Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all my land garden ground and property situate on the south side of the said road and the black cow now in my possession as also the south end of the said dwelling house to hold unto the said Mary during the term of her natural life and after her death then to my four daughters Rosanna Armstrong Mary Dinney, Ellen Morris and Margaret Griffin share and share alike. The house to go to such of them as the said Mary may like and intimate in writing- to hold unto my said daughters and their heirs for ever. I also give and bequeath unto my said wife all the furniture beds and bedding in the said south end of the said dwelling house and to my said son John all the furniture and beds and bedding on the said north end of the said dwelling house. And lastly I give and bequeath to the Revd Richard O’Donnell all that piece or parcel of land situate on the western side of the said road and containing about ten acres who shall dispose of it to the best advantage and apply the proceeds to my burial and to the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul and the soul of my said wife after her death. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Saint John’s this twelfth day of July Anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty-two Michael his X mark Cahil (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of being first read over and explained, Geo. Jas. Hogsett, Michael Kearney.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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