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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Dwyer
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 368-369 probate
John Dwyer deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me John Dwyer of Saint John's in the
Island of Newfoundland Farmer- I hereby revoke all wills by me heretofore made-
I appoint my son John Dwyer of Saint John's aforesaid to be the sole executor
of this my last will and testament and direct that all my just debts and funeral
and testamentary expenses be paid as soon as conviently may be after my decease-
I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Bridget Dwyer during her life time
all property of which I may die possessed whether real or personal and after
her death I give devise and bequeath the said property to my said son John
Dwyer his heirs and assigns provided that my daughters Margaret and Bridget
Dwyer shall be supported by my said wife during her life time and after her
death by my said son John Dwyer whilst they remain unmarried and reside on
the property now in my possession and I hereby charge the said property with
the support and maintenance of my said daughters whilst they remain unmarried
and reside on the said property. In witness whereof I the said John
to this my last will and testament set my hand this tenth day of January Anno
Domini one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. John his X mark
by the said testator John Dwyer as his last will and testament in the presence
of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (the said will having been
first read over and explained to the said testator in our presence) Hugh
H. Carter, Patrick Kelly.
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.
Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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