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Will of Rev. James Cummins
In the name of God Amen. I James Cummins of Northern Bay R.C. clergyman do make and ordain this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved brother John cummins one half of my estate after my lawful debts shall have been paid by my executor, I give and bequeath the other half of my estate after paying my lawful debts for the purpose of having the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated for the repose of my soul. I appoint the Rev. W. Veitch executor to this my last will and testament which I hereby ratify to be my last will and testament Witness my hand this 29th day of July A.D. 1875 (the word "half" before "of my estate" having been interlined)
J. Cummins. Witness, Wm. Veitch, C.C. John Wright.
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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