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Will of Michael Fitzgerald
March First 1887 I Michael Fitzgerald in my good honest perfect senses Releckainor if threre The Bank of money is two Mr. James Callahan after I am ded if there is any money remains Masses and expenses paid there is about Seven hundred and 50 or 60 dollars if thre is any money left after I am dead as my father father did before me he left Five pounds for the Bishop Two pounds ten shillings it is my own money nobody elese if en case any thing might happen I leave it in the hands of those two men Hepremsen This is my own write Michael Fitzgerald, James Callanan, Stephen Shea.
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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