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Will of John Curran
In the name of God Amen, I John Curran of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer, being of perfect sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and the interment of my body I leave to the discretion of my executors, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, all my lawful debts being paid, I give and bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form,
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife the sum of thirty five pounds per annum during her lifetime, also one bedstead, one feather bed and bedding-
To William M. Blake in trust for my beloved son James Curran the fee simple farm I now occupy with all erections thereon also one horse and all farming utensils, beds and bedding, furniture, that I may be possessed of at the time of my death except the bequests mentioned above to my beloved wife-
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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