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Will of James Cochlan
I James Cochlan do this the ninth day of January 1839 being weak in body but perfectly sensible in mind & recollection do bequeath & will to my wife Mary Cochlan my farm (on the Island adjoining Mr. Dunscombe's Farm also all my goods & chatales during her life and at her death all the Farm & houses goods & chattels to be divided between my two sons John & Maurice Cochlan my youngest son James Cochlan to be supported for three years from this date upon the Farm and to be kept at school then to receive a trade and forty pounds out of the farm And likewise I will my daughter Mary to be paid twenty pounds in cash out of my estate say 5 pound when her husband begins to build a house and then five pounds a year till the whole is paid. I also will that the aforesaid farm shall not at any time be sold out of the family.
James his X mark Cochlan. And this I do before these witness, James Gibson, David Reid, John his X mark 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. 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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