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Will of Mary Drysdale
Know all men by these presents that I Mary Drysdale of Harbor Grace Newfoundland widow being of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding do make publish and declare this my last will and testament.
1st- I give devise and bequeath to my son Andrew Thomas Drysdale all those pieces and parcels of land situate and being on the Lady Pond Road known as Flynns and Hannifans Plantation with all the erections thereon.
2nd. I give devise and bequeath all my right title and interest in, into and out of that leasehold dwelling house and premises situate on the south side of Water Street Harbor Grace and at present partly occupied by Longwill and Taylor and partly occupied by me unto my son Andrew Thomas Drysdale for ever; he the said Andrew Thomas Drysdale paying unto my daughters Anastasia Drysdale and Janet Mary Drysdale during their natural lives yearly and year by year the sum of fifty pounds currency for their maintenance and support, and it is my wish will and desire that the said Anastasia Drysdale and Janet Mary Drysdale do live with the said Andrew Thomas Drysdale in peace harmony and good will. I further will and desire that the said Andrew Thomas Drysdale do at his expense and cost keep the aforesaid dwelling house and premises insured against loss or destruction by fire in the sum of one thousand pounds currency and in case of their destruction by fire the said Anastasia Drysdale and Janet Mary Drysdale are to receive five hundred pounds currency and the balance to be the property of the said Andrew Thomas Drysdale
4th I will devise and bequeath the rest and residue of my real and personal estate and effects of whatsoever kind or wheresoever situate unto my son Andrew Thomas Drysdale forever. And I appoint my son Andrew Thomas Drysdale sole executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of March A.D. 1873.
Mary Drysdale (LS) Signed and sealed by the said testatrix as her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the words “and sealed” being added before signing & sealing these presents, P. Taylor, John Strapp.
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. 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 (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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