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Will of Patrick Coleman
In the name of God Amen. I Patrick Coleman a native of the Parish of Portlaw in the County of Waterford and for several years past a servant in the employ of Messrs. Rennie Stewart & Co. of St. John's Newfoundland, Merchants, being at present in a very weak and delicate state of health but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form, I particularly desire and request that my funeral expenses and the amount I shall owe to Patrick Houlett (in whose house I am now bedridden) and also any other lawful debt due of me if any but which I cannot at present call to my recollection shall be paid and discharged as soon as possible after my interment.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. |
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