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Will of Bernard Doyle
This is the last will and testament of Bernard Doyle of Petty Harbor- To my wife Mary Doyle I give and bequeath all I have in my possession with two exceptions. The large fishing room I give and bequeath to my two sons James & Philip Doyle to be equally divided between them. I give and bequeath half the small fishing room to my son William and the other half to my daughter Ellen Dridham. The ground which I possess at the Goulds I give to my three sons after my wife’s death to be equally divided between them, two acres on the back I give to my son William Doyle. After my wife’s death the house which I now occupy I give and bequeath to my grandson James Howlett and also the garden at “Flat Rock” The rents of the fishing rooms is to go to my wife every year for her support. At the same time I do appoint Messrs. Richard Dalton and Richard Clark executors of this my last will and testament to which I have hereby set my hand and seal the twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two- Bernard his X mark Doyle. Witness Edward Norris, Richard his X mark Dalton, Richard his X mark Clark.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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