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Will of Very Rev. Charles Dalton
This is the last will and testament of me Charles Dalton Parish Priest of Harbor Grace annulling all former wills and testaments whatsoever that after my death my body or remains to be interred in the new Church, after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses I will and bequeath to the Right Revd Doctor Dalton all my household furniture dwelling house horses cows sheep swine and fowls I also will and bequeath the nunnery lawn and the land to the rear in trust to the Right Rev. Doctor Dalton for the use and benefit of the females I also will and bequeath to Joseph Innott and William Innott the cottage with the land belonging thereto known by the name of Innott’s Cottage share and share alike on condition that they will neither mortgage nor sell it out, and if they do it is to revert to Right Revd Doctor Dalton I also will and bequeath to the Presentation Convent Harbor Grace the sum of one hundred pounds I further will and bequeath to the Benevolent Irish Society of Conception Bay the sum of fifty pounds to be added to the stock now in the English Funds together with former sums. I also will and bequeath the field outside the nuns lawn together with the store to the Right Rev Doctor Dalton I also will and bequeath the several sums of money due me from the merchants of Harbor Grace and Carbonear that is to say from Messrs. Punton & Munn, Messrs. Ridley & Sons, Messrs. Pack, Gosse & Co., Mr. Bemister, Mr. John Rorke and Mr. John McCarthy to the Right Revd Doctor Dalton to have it expended in charity for the repose of my soul High Mass to be celebrated annually out of the said demise I also will and bequeath to Allice Meehan the sum of twenty pounds I also further will and bequeath to the Right Dr. Dalton the money lodged in my name in the English funds together with the interest arising thereon I also will and bequeath to the Rev. John O’Connor Rev. Father Scanlon and to the Revd John Walsh the sum of Five pounds each, and I hereby constitute and appoint the Right Revd Doctor Dalton William Donnelly Esq. and the Revd John O’Connor to be executors to this my last will and testament. Chas. Dalton (LS) Witness, Edw. Dwyer, Harbor Grace 20th Feby 1858.
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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