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Will of William Donegan
I William Donogan of Carbonear being weak in body but of sound mind and good memory, do hereby make this my last will and testament. I hereby give and bequeath unto Mary Behan my niece her heirs executors administrators and assigns all my right title and interest in and to that house and premises now in the occupation of William Harding as well as that house and premises now in the occupation of the heirs of the late Nicholas Cullen, all my right title and interest in and to a certain spot of land situate between the waterside premises of Slade Elson & Co. and Nicholas Marshall's property for which I at present receive Fifteen pounds p annum as rent from the said Slade Elson & Co. I hereby give and bequeath to the aforesaid Mary Behan her heirs and assigns for ever a certain dwelling house and plantation situated on the north side of Carbonear bounded on the south by the road leading to Irishtown on the west by Cahills house and gardens on the north by Jas. Goulds Danl Reas & Danl Dooleys lands and on the east by Frances Drakes and the late David Burrys land, together with a spot of land purchased by me from Edward Cahill, one half of the aforesaid dwelling house is at present occupied by Michael Costigan, which together with a spot of land, part of the aforesaid plantation is leased to him, the other half of the said dwelling house is at present occupied by myself as well as the remainder of the said plantation. The said half of the dwelling house and plantation occupied by me I give and bequeath to the said Mary Behan, at my decease, as well as the profits arising from the lease held of the other part by Michael Costigan, and at the end of said lease the whole of the said property is to become the property of the said Mary Behan, her heirs and executors for ever. I hereby constitute and appoint the aforesaid Mary Behan my sole executrix for this my last will and testament.
I William Donegan have thought right to make this codicil to my last will and testament dated the 12th March or the present year, I hereby bequeath to Mr. John Elson my pair of Globes, large atls and one spyglass, I hereby bequeath my books to the Revd Dennis Mackin, I hereby give & bequeath my best saddle and Bridle to Mr. John Bemister, I appoint Mr. Robert Pack the executor to my will and testament as well as to any thing contained in this codicil I bequeath my mare & foal to Judith Costigan the wife of Michl Costigan as well as all the other domestic animals about the premises at my decease. All the other furniture in my possession I give and bequeath to Mrs. Mary Behan my niece as well as everything else I possess at my decease.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 (December 18, 2002)
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