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Will of Patrick Dunn
In the name of God Amen. I Patrick Dunn of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Farmer, do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament viz I give devise and bequeath unto my brother Edward Dunn all that piece or parcel of land situate and being on the south side of the road leading from Saint John’s aforesaid to Topsail and now in my possession and containing about seventeen and one half acres- The above devise and bequest is made upon the express condition that the said Edward Dunn clothe supports and maintains my wife Norah Dunn during her natural life or so long as she remains unmarried - I also give and bequeath unto my said brother Edward Dunn upon the condition aforesaid all other property of every description whatsoever that I may be possessed of at the time of my death - I hereby nominate and appoint Mr. William M. Deady of Saint John’s aforesaid to be sole executor of this my last will and testament And lastly I annul all former wills by me made or executed - In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John’s aforesaid the sixteenth day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty five-
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)
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