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Will of Catherine Curran
In the name of God Amen. I Catherine Curran of Saint John’s Nwfdland widow of perfect mind and and memory of body and knowing that it appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give my soul to Almighty God who made it and gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors expecting to receive again by the mighty power of God- And as touching such worldly property I am possessed of the same in following I mean to dispose of in this manner and form First I give to Bridget my youngest daughter that brick house Duckworth Street opposite the old Garrison leading to Signal Hill, like wise all the furniture it contains and to be given after her death to Catharine and Bridget Kehoe, said Bridget my daughter’s children- Also I give to my daughter Mary Walsh that house Mr. Parsons built at Queens Bridge leading to the Cove calld Portugal Cove during her natural life and after her demise I bequeath it and the land attached to it to my grandchildren James and Mary Ann Kehoe, this and no other is my last will and testament made this twenty fourth of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four-
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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