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Will of Martin Flannagan
In the name of God. I Martin Flannagan Native of Ireland County of Waterford Parish of Woodstown do make this my last will and testament now of sound mind but weak of body doth give demise and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary Flanigan all my plantation dwelling house farm and all stock thereon during her life vir the said Mary Flanigan and after her death one equal half the farm or plantation together with the dwelling house and stock attached and the other half the farm to be given to Martin Flanigan's Senior childrens viz Edward and Mary Flanigan, and the said Mary Flanigan the well beloved wife to pay or cause to be payed yearly and every year out of the proceeds of the farm thirty shillings for Masses for the repose of the soul of Martin Flanigan to the Parish Priest and the ground and garden on the other side of the river to be given to Nora Heffernan to be given after the death of my wife Mary, this I now agree and acknowledge to be my last will and testament doing away and cancelling all former wills and covenants, signed and dated at Madix Cove Petty Harbour in the year of Our Lord 1850 August 30th Signed and sealed in the presents of two persons herewith I signed my hand and mark, Martin his X mark Flanigan, executors Edwd Doyle, Thomas Byrne
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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