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Will of Michael Comerford
In the name of God Amen I Michael Comerford of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland a pensioner of Her Majesty’s Customs Department being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do hereby make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testament or codicils which I may have made.
First I direct that all my just debts and reasonable funeral expenses be paid.
Secondly I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine all my interest in the lands on which my present dwelling house is built leasehold as well as fee simple and all the houses thereto attached to hold to her use during her life which she remain a widow but if she marry it does not be any longer hers and after her death or marriage all the said lands and dwelling houses shall become the property of my beloved nephew Michael Comerford.
Thirdly I bequeath to my beloved wife all my household goods chattels and furniture to hold them during her lifetime for her domestic use and to preserve the same for my said nephew Michael Comerford to whom I bequeath the same after her death
Fourthly I bequeath all my monies in the Savings Bank at the time of my death to my said nephew and my niece Mary Ann Comerford share and share alike.
Fifthly out of all other monies which I may possess at the time of my death I bequeath the sum of thirty pounds to the Right Reverent Fr. Power Bishop of St. John’s to celebrate a High Mass and office for my wife and myself and also to celebrate low Masses.
Sixthly I direct and appoint that my executors hereinafter named shall take all the rest residue and remainder of my monies goods chattels and effects (except my watch which I bequeath to my said nephew Michael Comerford) and apply them or the interest accruing therefrom to the decent support and Christian burial of my said wife Catherine provided she remain single and in case of her death happening before mine I devise and bequeath all the goods and property of which I may die possessed to my beloved kinsfolk in manner following that is to say the dwelling house and lands and furniture thereof to my said nephew Michael Comerford and all the rest residue and remainder of my estate goods and effects to him the said Michael Comerford and my niece Mary Ann Comerford share and share alike. Lastly I appoint my said nephew Michael Comerford and John Power Junior Cooper my neighbor as executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on the twenty fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.
Michl Comerford. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of (the words “and disposing on the 4th line of the first page and the words “at the time of my death and share and share alike” on same page and the erasures on the 7th& 9th lines of second page being first made) Patrick J. Scott, Edward O’Flaherty.
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)
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