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Will of Ellen Dunford
In the name of God Amen. I Ellen Dunford of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, widow, being of sound mind memory and understanding do make my last will and testament as follows, It is my will and desire that my lawful debts be first paid, as regards my worldly property,
1st Bequest, I will bequeath and devise unto my beloved daughter Mary Margaret Dunford alias Casey one horse and one carriage for her sole use benefit and disposal and also the under-mentioned furniture, viz. one Mahogany Cheffonier, one Walnut dining table, one eight-day clock, three mahogany card tables, one Mahogany chest of drawers, one Mahogany bedstead, two other bedsteads, two feather beds and bedding, one dozen and one half of silver tea spoons, two silver gravy spoons, two silver sugar tongs one wardrobe and one Mahogany writing desk.
2nd Bequest, I will bequeath and devise unto my beloved grand-daughter Joanna Casey a Colonial debenture value Fifty pounds sterling and one down bed.
3rd Bequest, I will bequeath and devise unto my beloved granddaughter Margaret Mary Casey a Colonial Debenture value one hundred pounds sterling and also ten shares in the Harbour Grace Gas Company. I hereby nominate, ordain constitute and appoint my son-in-law John Casey and Patrick Brazil of Saint John’s executors of this my last will and testament and also trustees of the several bequests aforesaid, to be under their sole and absolute controul. I hereby revoke and annul all former wills made by me. Ellen Dunford. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testatrix in presence of the undersigned witnesses and in the presence of each other on the fourteenth day of August one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one- Patrick Brazil, Patrick Hagerty, John T. O’Mara.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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