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Will of Martin Carew
In the name of God Amen. I Martin Carey of the South side of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament. First I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Carey the sum of two hundred dollars Newfoundland currency Second I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Casey the sum of one hundred and sixty dollars Newfoundland currency aforesaid. Third, I give and bequeath unto my son Philip Carey my gold chain. Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my son Michael Carey my silver watch. Fifth, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Carey (besides the bequest aforesaid) my own bed, bedstead and bedding. Sixth, I give devise and bequeath all other property of every description whatsoever unto my children Elizabeth, Mary, Philip, Martin, Michael, Anne (married to Captain James Heffernan), Edward, Bridget (married to William Johnston) Alice, (married to Thomas Nichols) share and share alike- Seventh, I hereby nominate and appoint Captain Philip Cleary sole executor of this my last will and testament Lastly I annul all former wills by me made or executed.- In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John’s aforesaid this twenty second day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. Martin Carew Signed published and declared by the said Martin Carey as and for his last will and testament in presence of us and each of us and who have at his request subscribed our names as witnesses in his presence, M.J. O’Mara, Luke 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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