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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Mary Curtis Cormack
Will of Mary Curtis Cormack
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 380-381 probate year 1841
Mary Curtis Cormack deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Curtis Cormack wife of the late Patrick Cormack, Publican, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland being now infirm of body but of sound mind memory and understanding in the consciousness of the frailty of human life particularly at my advanced age and of the necessity therefore of freeing my mind from anxiety by the settlement of my temporal affairs do make and declare my will in manner following, that is to say, Imprimis I bequeath my soul to God confidently hoping his ineffable mercy, and my body to the grave awaiting a glorious resurrection through the merits of our divine Redeemer.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved brother Moses Curtis who lives with me the interest arising from one hundred pounds curr'y yearly and every year during his life as also to my beloved sister Bridget Curtis Jones the sum of ten pounds curr'y only together with the bed and bedding which I make use of.
Item, I give to my much revered Bishop, the Right Revd Dr. Fleming the sum of five guineas to be applied for the benefit of my soul.
Item, I give to the Revd. Thomas Waldron one guinea to be applied also for the benefit of my soul.
Item, I desire that five guineas be sent to Ireland or elsewhere to procure a headstone to be placed over the remains of my dearly beloved husband the late Patrick Cormack. I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved children Thomas and Patrick Cormack the remaining part of my property whole and entire that is to say my gold silver and brass my houses my furniture of every kind my remaining beds and bedding with all my shop goods and the utensils thereunto belonging after my lawful debts and funeral expenses being paid to be equally divided between them. It is my will that Patrick Kough Esquire and Patrick Doutney both of St. John's aforesaid be the executors of this my will and I hereby constitute and Appoint them such exors to act for my children until they become of age capable of acting for themselves.
Item, I will that all bequests herein made shall be Deemed and taken to be made with such intention as shall be declared by my said exec. and that they the said exec shall be the sole arbiters of the same to the intent that litigation may be avoided
Item, I declare and publish this my last will and testament utterly and to all intents and purposes revoking and annulling all and every former wills or will by me heretofore made subscribed or declared.
Given under my hand the 29th day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty one Mary Curtis Cormack her x mark.
Signed and published in presence of us the day and year mentioned before, witness William Doutney, James O'Mara.
D. M. Browning
|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. |
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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)
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