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Will of Edward Duff
In the name of God Amen, I Edward Duff of St. John's, Planter, being sick of body but of sound memory and understanding do make the following as my last will and testament. First; I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Duff the sum of two hundred pounds currency for her own use and benefit and that she shall have the final disposal of any balance thereof that shall be remaining at her death. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Martin wife of Thomas Martin the sum of ten pounds currency for her own use and benefit free of the control of her husband. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to the Reverend Michael Walsh at River Head the sum of five pounds currency for the good of my soul. Fourthly- I give devise and bequeath all and singular the rest and remainder of my lands, tenements, houses, goods, chattels, property, money and effects of every kind whatever and wheresoever situate and being unto my two sons Thomas Duff and Richard Duff to have and to hold to them and their assigns for ever- share and share alike- I appoint Walter Grieve Esquire and Mr. James MacLoughlin both of St. John's executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me-
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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