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Will of Bernard Duffy
In the name of God, Amen, I Bernard Duffy of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament whereby I give and bequeath to my beloved brother John Duffy of that part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland called Ireland, Accountant, all my goods and chattels of every description and kind subject to the bequests hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, after the payment of all my just debts and legacies twenty five pounds for the purposes of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John’s and ten pounds to the Right Revd Dr. Mullock for Masses for the repose of my soul, five pounds to the Convent of Mercy to be paid to the Revd Mother of that Convent, five pounds to the Ladies of the Presentation Convent to be paid to the Revd Mother of that Convent and five pounds to the Right Revd Dr. Mullock for the purposes of Kill Brides Church, River Head, And I do hereby constitute and appoint James Duffy of Dublin, Publisher, and George James Hogsett of St. John’s Newfoundland, Barrister-at-law, executors of this my last will and testament. Bernard Duffy. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us being first read over and explained, John McCardle, Wm. M. Blake, Thomas Mokem, M.D.
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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