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Will of Patrick Daley
Last will and testament of Patrick Daley. In the name of God, Amen. I Patrick Daley of St. John’s, Shoe maker being of sound mind and disposing memory and considering the uncertainty of this life do make, publish and declare, this to be my last will and testament, as follows. Firstly. I hereby give and devise to my daughter Mary Daley living at present at Matagan in Nova Scotia. All the houses and leasehold interest in property situated in Monkstown St. John’s Nos. 17 & 19 and No. 21 Mullock St formerly the estate of James Tobin Esq. Second Also the interest of ground adjoining mine where I now live on Mullock St. and leased to Mrs. Reid bringing the yearly rental of sixteen $16.00 dollars pr annum and which from this money received will be paid for Masses for the repose of my soul and also my wife’s soul namely on the 4th of May and on the 4th of October Feast of St. Francis of Assisium. Thirdly. I also give and devise to my daughter Mary Daley all my household effects and I would wish that my watch and crucifix shall be kept in the family and not be given away or sold. Fourthly. I also wish the houses & property shall be kept insured and not be allowed to fall into any neglect and I leave to my daughter Mary Daley ful power and authority to do what she think will be for the best. Lastly And I hereby constitute and appoint my daughter Mary Daley to be my executrix of this my last will & testament revoking and annulling all former wills, by me made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. Dated at St. John’s this 7th day of May Anno Domini 1898. Patrick Daly. Signed by the testator in the joint presence of us who thereupon signed our names in his and each other’s presence. James J. Norris, Tin Smith, Laurence Daly, Shoemaker, this ______ day of May Anno Domini 1898.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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