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Will of Mary Anne Cooney
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Anne Cooney of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland, widow, of James Cooney, Cooper, who departed this life in Harbor Grace aforesaid in August Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, having duly administered to the estate of my said husband, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs and directing how the property of which I am possessed shall be disposed of after my decease while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made. And first I commend my immortal being to him who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried by my executors to be hereafter named.
Imprimis. My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid by my executors out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall to them be found convenient. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved niece Mary Ring, wife of William Ring of Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Cooper, and to her heirs and assigns in perpetuity, all my dwelling house, messuage or tenement, in which I now reside situated in the east side of Prendergast’s Lane in this town together with all the beds, bedding, and all the household furniture therein: Also a potato garden at the north of the said house bounded on the north by a fence dividing the said garden from a field sold by me to the Right Revd Doctor Carfagnini (which said field extends from the fence aforesaid northward to Harvey Street) and also a plot of ground used as a cabbage garden at the east of my dwelling house and contiguous thereto. And whereas I sold the field before referred to at the north of the potato garden to the Right Revd Doctor Carfagnini for the full sum of eighty pounds curry of which twenty pounds was paid to me on the fifth day of May last and there is now due and owing to me on the purchase price the sum of sixty pounds, payable twenty pounds on the fifth day of May (1873) one thousand eight hundred and seventy three and the like sum of twenty pounds on the fifth day of May in each and every year until the whole shall be liquidated: this money or whatever portion of it shall be unpaid to me at the time of my decease I do also give, devise and bequeath to my niece Mary Ring aforesaid her heirs and assigns after my just debts and funeral charges shall have been paid. And further it is my will that a neat and suitable headstone shall be placed at my grave to be paid for out of my estate. I hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends Patrick Doyle, Irishman, and William Grubert as executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this 31st day of October Anno Domini 1872,
Mary Ann Cooney X her mark (LS) The above instrument was now here subscribed by Mary Ann Cooney by making her mark thereto the testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by her to be her last will and testament and we at her request sign our names hereto in her presence and in the presence of each other as attesting witnesses, David Goff, Thomas Doyle.
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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