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Will of George Connelly
In the name of God Amen. The sixteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy two. I George Connelly of Kings Cove Fisherman being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all people once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors or wife not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God. And as touching such wordly property which it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and devise in the following manner and form.
First I give to Mary my beloved wife and granddaughter Margaret Kelly who is to be educated and supported by her grandmother as long as she choose to remain with her the sum of two hundred dollars p annum together with the dwelling house and stock at Kind’s Cove also I give and bequeath to my seven well beloved nephews and nieces who reside at Toldo in the State of Ohiho United States of America the sum of $400 each making in all the sum of two thousand eight hundred dollars. The said children are of my brother Edward- The said money is not to be paid until after my wife’s decease I also give and bequeath to the R.C. Church at Kings Cove the sum of two hundred dollars for the purpose of purchasing a bell for said church. And after the above bequests are finally settled what ever is left of my estate is to go for charitable purposes such as sisters of Charity, poor children or in any shape where charity is required on a small scale I also give and bequeath the house and premises at Kings Cove after the decease of my wife to the Church or the then residing priest for Masses or other charitable purposes as he may deem fit. I also give and bequeath the dwelling house at Greenspond to my well beloved godson John Kelly with the stipulation that he is to pay $16 dollars a year for Masses or other charitable purposes. I also constitute William V. Whiteway Esquire my sole executor of this my last will and testament who is empowered to look after my estate which deposited as follows
George his X mark Connelly (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by George Connelly as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers. Michl C. Walsh (LS) Bernard M. Murphy (LS) Thomas Martin (LS)
Be it known to all men by these presents that I George Connelly of Kings Cove Fisherman have made and declared by my last will and testament in writing bearing date sixteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy two I the said George Connelly by this present codical do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament and do will and bequeath unto my well beloved pastor the Revd William Veitch the sum of forty dollars in order that he may have the sacrifice of the Mass offered up for the repose of my soul, I also constitute make and ordain him the said Rev. William Veitch trustee and executor to my said last will and testament with the saime authority as my other executor William V. Whiteway Esquire-
And my will and meaning is that this codical or schedule be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and amply in every respect as if the same were declared and set down in my said last will and testament. Witness my hand this twenty sixth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy two,
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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