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Will of William Donnelly Denior
This is the last will and testament of me William Donnelly of Harbor Grace Newfoundland Merchant and revoking all former wills by me at any time made I do hereby devise and bequeath to my executors John McGregor and James G. Cormack Esquires in trust all my property monies estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever in trust in the first place should my dear wife Mary Donnelly survive me to pay her each and every year out of my estate and effects during the term of her natural life the clear sum of five hundred pounds currency. Secondly, To pay my brother John Donnelly the clear sum of one hundred pounds currency each and every year during his natural life and after his death to pay to his children share and share alike the clear sum of one thousand pounds currency as a legacy and all the rest and residue of my estate monies and effects I give demise and bequeath to my son William Donnelly forever. Witness my hand and seal at St. John’s this tenth day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty and which I execute as and hereby declare to be my last will and testament. W. Donnelly (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Donnelly as and for his last will and testament in presence of, F.B.T. Carter, M.J. O’Mara. And as I the said William Donnelly as part and parcel of the said above will and before the execution thereof I do further give devise and bequeath to said brother John Donnelly and his heirs forever my fishing room premises and all property thereon situate at Batteaux, Labrador, and I also further give and bequeath to him the schooner Ticeno and all her apparel and furniture to hold the same to the said John Donnelly for ever. W. Donnelly (LS) Signed sealed published and declared as part and parcel of the above will, F.B.T. Carter, M. J. O’Mara.
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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