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Will of Elizabeth Corrigan
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Gost Amen In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three Friday fourth day of May I Elizabeth Corrigan been perfectly sound in mind consider it necessary to make this my last will and testament in order to bequeath to my children what i possess in this world in the following manner In the first place i consider my daughter Mary Corrigan entitled to my first consideration I bequeath to her the house i now occupy and all the furniture contained therein also the garden in front of said house and in the event of the said Mary Corrigan dieing without issue the said house and garden with all the furniture go to her youngest brother Patrick Corrigan The house and land to be rented for at least three years for the purpose of clothing and educating my youngest son Patrick Corrigan The ground in rear of the house to be equally divided between my two sons Peter Corrigan and Patrick Corrigan and the passage thereto to be mutually enjoyed by each that which I have willed to my daughter Mary Corrigan shall not be subject to any controul by any person she can dispose of it in any manner she may think proper This my last and only will. Signed Elizabeth her X mark Corrigan. Witness our hands and seals Thomas Walsh (LS) Edward Cornick (LS)
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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