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Will of John Carew
This is the last will and testament of me John
Carew of St. John’s
in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter and Undertaker. First. I hereby revoke cancel and annul all former wills codicils and testamentary
writings by me heretofore made.
Thirdly I devise and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Catherine Carew the upstairs tenement of the house in which she now lives to have and to hold the same for her life free from the control of her husband or of any future husband with remainder over to such of her children as she may bequeath it to And I herein forbid her from mortgaging or in anywise disposing of the said tenement.
Fourthly I devise and bequeath the farm situate on the Belvidere Road To my well beloved son Thomas Carew and I expressly forbid him from mortgaging or selling or in anywise encumbering the same and even from leasing the said farm for more than sixty years at a time and if the farm should be leased that it be let out for its full yearly value and for not more than sixty years at a time and if the said Thomas should die without issue then the said farm to go to his next of kin but if he should have issue behind him to go to such children as he may leave it to and further I bequeath the said car horse and tackling to the said Thomas.
Fifthly I give devise and bequeath the room in which my wife now sleeps with bed bedding and furniture to her for life together with the interest on whatever sum of money in the Savings Bank I shall die possessed of for her life and after her death the said money shall be divided as follows-
Sixthly I give twenty five pounds for low Masses for my soul immediately after my death to be paid by my executors as follows:- the sum of six pounds five shillings cy (£6. 5. 0) to each of the following clergyman to the Revd D. O’Brien, Revd M.F. Howley Revd Wm. Forristal and Revd John Ryan.
Seventhly I hereby appoint Thomas Murphy Inspector of Roads and Wm. Murphy, Draper, to be executors to this my last will and testament and it shall be their duty to go to the Savings Bank on the first day of every year and draw therefrom the interest on whatever sum deposited there in my name and pay the same to my wife until her death as they deem necessary. And lastly I hereby on this the third day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five (1885) sign publish and declare this for my last will and testament. John Carew. Signed published and declared by the said testator on the year and date above written for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our signatures as witnesses the same having been carefully read over and explained, N.K. Murphy, Thos. Murphy.
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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