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Will of Mary Fitzpatrick
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Fitzpatrick, widow of St. John’s Newfoundland, at present in ill health but of perfect sound mind and memory, do hereby make my last will and testament. I bequeath to my son John Fitzpatrick all my property without any reserve, viz all my houses, goods, chattels, monies and effects which I am now, or may hereafter be possessed of, together with my shares in the Commercial Bank and also my Government debentures. Ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament I hereby appoint my said son John to be my executor.
Mary her X mark Fitzpatrick. Done at St. John’s Newfoundland this ninth day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six in the presence of Francis Trelegan, Francis St. John, witnesses.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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