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Will of Patrick Duggan
I Patrick Duggan of La Scie in Newfoundland, Planter, do make this my last will and testament. I will and bequeath to my executors hereafter named the three hundred and fifty pounds which I have invested at interest and also all other property which I may die possessed of both real and personal except the legacy hereafter mentioned in trust for my executors to apply the same and the interest thereof to the support maintenance and education of my son Patrick Duggan and I bequeath the sum of twenty pounds to my sister Bridget Dwyer and it is my wish if my executors think it best that my said son shall remain with my said sister until he is ten years of age if she wishes to keep him- And in case of my said son dying before me I will and bequeath to my brother Daniel one third of all my money property and estate the remaining two thirds to be divided as follows, one third to my sister Elizabeth and the remaining third to be divided equally between my sisters Mary Ann and Bridget. I appoint my brother Daniel and William V. Whiteway of St. John's Newfoundland Barrister-at-law to be executors of this my last will and testament-
St. John's, Newfoundland, November 30th A.D.1866. Patrick Duggan (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said Patrick Duggan as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed the same as witnesses, Wm. M. Bearns, Alexr. J. W. McNeily.
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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