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(Will of Thomas Dunford from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 40-41 probate year 1851)
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Dunford of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Shopkeeper I give and bequeath unto my wife Ellen Dunford the house I now occupy as well as the house adjoining together with all the lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging also all my furniture stock in trade debts and personal property of every nature and kind to me belonging or in any wise appertaining save and except the following bequests that is to say I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Margaret Casey all that piece and parcel of land situate in the town of Harbor Grace between Water Street and Harvey Streets as the same is described in a deed hereof from George Bayly and his wife Mary Bayly to me the said Thomas Dunford together with all the rents issues and profits thereof Provided always and it is my will and desire that the rents issues and profits thereof shall be paid to my wife Ellen Dunford during the period of her natural life I give and bequeath unto my wife Ellen Dunford my son-in-law John Casey and my friend John O'Mara of Saint Johns Merchant in trust for my said daughter Mary Margaret Casey and her children the sum of five hundred and fifty pounds sterling at present invested in the Government Debentures of this Colony and after the aspiration of the date of the said debentures the said sum of money to be invested by the said Trustees in the best possible manner for the sole and absolute use and benefit of my said daughter Mary Margaret Casey and her children as aforesaid Provided always and it is my desire that the interest arising from the said sum of five hundred and fifty pounds sterling shall be paid by the said trustees for and during the period of her natural life to my said wife Ellen Dunford. I give and bequeath unto my nephew Richard Walsh the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be paid to him at the discretion of my wife Ellen Dunford I give and bequeath unto my niece Margaret Walsh the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be paid to her at the discretion of my wife Ellen Dunford I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my wife Ellen Dunford to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one A.D.1851. Thomas Dunford (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said Thomas Dunford as his last will and testament on the day and year last within written who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof. John Stark, John Fennell, William Cody.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 (February 28, 2004)
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