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Will of James Hanlon
In the name of God Amen, I James Hanlon being of sound mind memory and understanding do make ordain and publish the following as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills made by me,
1st To my beloved wife Catherine I will and bequeath the sum of four hundred pounds currency and all my dwelling house shop and fixtures to be held and enjoyed by her so long as she shall live and no longer, and on her demise said house and shop and the rents and profits thereof shall go to and be held by my executor in trust for the Roman Catholic Church of St. Patricks at River Head in Saint John’s.
2nd, To my brother Edward Hanlon I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency.
3rd To my nephew Father John Hanlon of Kilkenny, Ireland, I will and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds currency to be distributed as he may think fit among his sisters, brothers and niece Catherine.
4th To the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock or his successor in the Diocese of Saint John’s I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds to be applied to such religious purposes as he may deem fit.
5th To the Roman Catholic Convents in Saint John’s I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency.
6th To the Roman Catholic Church at River Head I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds currency, to be expended in completing its erection.
7th To the Roman Catholic Clergy of Saint John’s Diocese the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds currency for Masses for the repose of my soul. I will and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my moneys, goods, credits, mortgages and effects to my beloved wife. I hereby nominate and appoint Thomas S. Dwyer and James Power executors to this my last will and testament. Signed and declared this twenty fourth day of March A.D. 1868.
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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