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Will of Thomas Culleton
In the name of God Amen. Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Culleton of St. John’s Cooper of Newfdland in the Central District being weak in body but sound in mind doth make this my last will and testament. First I bequeath unto my wife Johanna Culleton the dwelling house we now occupy with all the goods and effects therein contained also a dwelling house in that part of St. John’s called Hutchings Lane to be regulated and disposed of according to her wishes for her interest and those my children during her natural life and at her demise one half of any property or effects is to be given to my son Joseph Culleton and the other half to be divided between my daughter Johanna Culleton and Eben Mullowney. Given under my hand in St. John’s this twentieth day of September eighteen hundred and fifty two in presence of Signed Thomas his X mark Culleton Witness, Philip Mcgrath, John Nowlan, Philip Brown.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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