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Will of Cornelius Cary
In the name of God Amen this is the last will and testament of me Cornelius Cary of St. John’s Laborer. First I will and bequeath all my moneys security for money or otherwise either in cash or on deposit in the Savings Bank and all and whatsoever my property may consist of unto my executor hereinafter named First to pay all just debts Secondly to pay the sum of ten pounds for one High Mass for the repose of my soul and the sum of three pounds for low Masses for the same purpose, And the balance or residue of my estate I wish disposed of as follows One half of the said balance or residue to my nephew Michael Lynch and the other half to be equally divided between my sisters Mary Murphy and Johanna Lynch And in case they should be dead or cannot be found after making all possible enquiries then their or either of their shares as aforesaid of my said estate I will desire it to be paid to the Catholic Bishop for the time being of the Diocese of St. John’s And lastly I appoint Patrick Delaney of st. John’s Catholic Clergyman the executor of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name at St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland this 17th day of December A.D. 1877.
Cornelius his X mark Cary. Witness having first been read over and explained, James Hayes, D. Jos Greene.
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.
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