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Will of Michael Costigan
This is the last will and testament of Michael Costigan of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper, cancelling and making null and void and of no effect all former wills deeds & transfers of whatsoever kind executed before this thirtieth day of May 1863. And I the said Michael Costigan do hereby give and bequeath to my nephew Michael Costigan son of my brother William Costigan all that house and land with part of store to me belonging and by me possessed situate situate on the north side of Carbonear aforesaid and bounded as follows viz. on the north by the Main Street on the south by the sea on the west by house and land belonging to Moses Wilshear and on the east by a road leading to the public wharf to him and his heirs for ever to be his and his heirs without let or hindrance from any person or persons whatsoever And I further give and bequeath to the before named Michael Costigan to become his after my death all my household goods and furniture together with all my other goods chattels money effects and credits to become his and his heirs for ever. And I hereby appoint and constitute the before named Michael Costigan sole executor to this my last will and testament which I pronounce and declare before all men to be the last will and testament every executed and signed by me. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal at Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid this thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three. Michael his X mark Costigan (LS) in presence of Moses Wilshear, Eliza Legg.
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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