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Will of John Hanton
I John Hanton of the town of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being of advanced age and weak health but of sound mind memory and understanding and fearing the approach of death and wishing also to have my temporal affairs duly arranged when such will happen do hereby on this the third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four in the presence of the persons whose names are hereunto subscribed made this my last will and testament, cancelling and annulling thereby any will that may have been made by me previous to the date of this my last will and testament. I do in the first place will and appoint Laurence Furlong of the town of Saint John’s Newfoundland as the executor of this my last will hoping he will to the best of his power see the contents thereof fully and duly carried out and executed. I will also that of the money left by me at the time of my decease three pounds currency be handed over to the Rev. Jeremiah O’Donnell of Saint John’s for his own special use and purposes, and also that twelve pounds currency be given to him the said Rev. Jeremiah O’Donnell to be disposed of and expended by him for such purposes as have been arranged with him by me the testator of this will. I also will and desire that when all the expenses attending my death and interment shall have been paid and any lawful debts which may remain due of me shall have been discharged the remainder of whatsoever amount it may be shall be sent by my executor in the care of the Reverend Mr. Codd Parish Priest of Hooke, near Duncannon in the County of Wexford, Ireland, and to be divided by him the said Father Codd, share and share alike amongst such of my nephews the children of my brothers Peter and Patrick Hanton as may be found residing or living in that district or locality and in case that none of these my said nephews be found by the said Father Codd the amount remitted to him by said executor be again sent back by the said Father Codd to the said executor deducting all necessary expenses attending the search of my said nephews. I do further will and desire that all effects and moveable property which may be found belonging to me at the time of my death be taken possession of by the said Laurence Furlong and disposed of by him at his own option of the benefit and spiritual advantage of my soul. Signed and delivered by me this third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four in the presence of the persons whose names are hereunto attached.
John his X mark Hanton. Witness Michael his X mark Walsh. Laurence Furlong, executor.
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.
Transcribed and Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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