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Will of John Carrol
I John Carrol of Ferryland in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter being now sick but of sound mind do will and bequeath whatever money and property I may die possessed of in the following manner to my sister Ellenor Carrol alias Curran I will and bequeath all my landed property which I have purchased lately from Thomas Lahey of this place to the Revd Father Murphy pastor of this Parish I bequeath the sum of fifteen pounds (cy) for the benifit of my soul and the souls of my disceased parents and sisters to the Revrd Father Brennan I bequeath the sum of seven pounds (cy) for the same purpose which the Revrd Father Murphy is to give him out of the above sum of fifteen pounds bequeathed to him to the Presentation Convent in the course of erection in this harbour I bequeath the sum of ten pounds together with my subscription of three pounds for this year whatever else of money or chattels will so remain after my interment I bequeath to my aforesaid sister and family Given under my hand and seal this 30th day of December 1857 I appoint James Kelly Cooper of this harbour my executor to this my last will and testament, John Carroll (LS) Witness, James Kelly.
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 AST)
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