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Will of Patrick Dobbin
In the name of God Amen the 21st day of Oct. one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight. I Patrick Dobbin of the Town of St. John's Newfoundland Yeoman being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it my body I recommend to the earth for decent Christian burial, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath all my estate real and personal (that is to say) I bequeath all that I have and possess in this world to my beloved son Patrick Dobbin his wife and children with the exception of what is required for my interment and also I bequeath two pounds currency to each of the Revd Fathers O'Donnells for Masses for my soul and the soul of my beloved wife. Also I bequeath to my beloved grandson Michael Dobbin son of Nicholas the sum of five pounds currency Also I bequeath to my granddaughter Mary Murray the sum of five pounds currency. Also I bequeath to Garret Murray my best outside coat. Also I bequeath to my beloved son Nicholas and his daughter the sum of five pounds currency. And also be it understood that the above moneys bequeathed is to be taken from the sum total of my money and also my funeral expenses. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannull all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
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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