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Will of Thomas Driscoll
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Driscoll of Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God calling to mind the mortality of my body and 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 first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor and executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased 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 to Ann my dearly beloved wife all my chattels household goods and moveable effects and all monies I may die possessed of for her own support and the support of my two children Margaret and Ann Mary. Also I give and bequeath to my said children all and singular my lands messuages and tenements including a piece of land called "Mother Toole's Stile" to be by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed. I also bequeath to Ann my beloved wife the lease of the fishing room at present in my occupancy and I do appoint her executrix and my beloved brother Michael Driscoll executor conjointly to this 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 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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