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Will of Patrick Fennessy
This is the last will and testament of me Patrick Fennessy of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Cooper. I desire that all my just debts be first paid and the remainder of the money which I may be possessed of be handed over to my son John Fennessy. I devise and bequeath the dwelling house in which I now reside together with the cooper’s shop to my son John Fennessy. I devise and bequeath the dwelling house occupied by my tenants Philip Penney and Michael Cunningham to my granddaughter Mary Alice Fennessy. I appoint my friends Thomas Shortall and Archibald Pryor executors of this my will. St. John’s May 21st A.D. 1884. Patrick his X mark Fennessy. Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (the same having been first read over and explained to the said Patrick Fennessy) Archibald Prior, M.H. Carty.
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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