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Will of Martin Healy
In the name of God Amen. I Martin Healy of Saint John's Newfoundland but formerly of the Barony of Knocktopher Ireland being infirm of body and in precarious health but in sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and being conscious of the uncertainty of life make this my last will and testament. Imprimis I bequeath my soul to the Almighty God and my body to the grave there to await the general resurrection. Item to my beloved wife Margaret Healy, formerly Hudson, I bequeath all the ready money I die possessed of, after defraying the expenses of my last sickness and interment. Item, To Mrs. Blunden, wife of the late John Blundon, as a small token of my gratitude to them for their constant kindness & attention to me in sickness and in trouble I bequeath the two houses I possess in Branscombe Street and one of which I occupy and which I hold under lease from the late Mr. Branscombe the term to expire in twenty three or twenty four years. Item, I pray Mrs. Blundon to dispose of all the moveable property I may have at my death and out of the proceeds to procure me a resting place in the Cemetery of St. Michael's and cause a few Masses to be offered up to God by the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell for the repose of my soul in the bosom of my God Amen. I also request Mr. John V. Nugent Sheriff of the Central District to act as executor of this will in all except the sale of my effects which is already provided for. Martin Healy. Saint John's 16th July 1867, Signed and attested in presence of Anne Brien, Catherine, Brien.
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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