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Will of Matthew Doyle
In the name of God Amen. I Matthew Doyle of St. John's in Newfoundland, Tailor, do make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say, That immediately after my decease my executrix hereinafter named shall pay out of my estate all just debts due by me. And I bequeath to my wife Anne Doyle all my lands, tenements, goods, chattels (both real and personal) in Newfoundland for ever, subject to the payment of said debts as aforesaid. It is my desire that she shall support and educate my children by her begotten, according to her circumstances, until they shall be able to do for themselves. Hereby revoking all other wills made by me, I do hereby appoint the said Anne Doyle executrix of this my last will and testament.
Dated this third day of February Annoque Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty one (1851) Matthew Doyle (LS)
|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 16, 2002)
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