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Will of Joseph Cullen
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Cullen of Saint John's Cooper being of sound mind and memory and understanding do make ordain and publish the following as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking and cancelling all other and former wills made by me.
1st. After the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I will and bequeath the sum of thirty pounds currency to Jane Joy-
2nd. To Mrs. Patrick Ryan I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency.
4th. To Mary Joy I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency.
4th. To the Convent of Mercy St. John's. I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency.
5th. To the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock I will and bequeath the sum of fifty pounds to be expended in completing the erection of St. Patrick's Church River Head-
6th. To the Orphanage of St. Michael's I will and bequeath the sum of five pounds currency.
7th. To the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency for the celebration of Masses for repose of my soul. To my executors I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds for the benefit of the Poor of St. John's to be distributed as my said executors may think fit. To the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency to be distributed among the clergy of St. John's for the celebration of Masses for the repose of the soul of my brother Maurice Cullen. I bequeath my bed and beding to Jane Joy. All the rest residue and remainder of my monies chattels and effects I will and bequeath to my executors to be distributed for charitable purpose as they may deem fit and proper. I hereby nominate and appoint the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell and Fr. Patrick Ryan executor to this my last will and testament,
St. John's 29th February 1868. Joseph his X mark Cullen. Signed executed and declared in presence of Jos. I. Little, Francis E. Blundon.
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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