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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Cormack


Will of Patrick Cormack
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 445-446 probate year 1875

In re
     Patrick Cormack deceased.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost Amen     I the undersigned Patrick Cormack of the South side of Salmonier in the Parish of St. Mary’s through the goodness of Almighty God enjoying the full use of my mental faculties do hereby declare this paper to contain my last will and testament which I desire to be faithfully executed after my death

  • 1st I recommend my soul to God and resign it into the bosom of His Mercy and desire that my body be devoutly buried in the graveyard of Salmonier
  • 2nd I desire that my wife Bridget should never be forced to submit to the authority or controll of any other person but should continue as at present in the management of my household affairs; that she should be provided for and supported by her sons John and Patrick all living together and acting conjointly in the business of the fishery If however both or either wish hereafter to separate I give my wife Bridget power to divide the property on shore equally between them, the floating property (by which I mean my fishing crafts and all their appurtenances) remaining inseparable in which case the obligation of maintaining and submitting to the controll of my wife shall devolve on the possessor of this the family residence
  • 3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Ellen three hundred pounds (£300)
  • Lastly I do nominate and appoint my much respected friends John Goff and William Curtiss both of Salmonier as the executors and witnesses of this my will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my hand this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five (1875)

Patrick his X mark Cormack,     witnesses, William Curtiss, John Goff.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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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