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Will of John Houlahan
In the name of God Amen. I John Holohan of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland being sick of body but of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament, it is my will and desire that all my lawful debts be first paid and my body be decently interred. I will and bequeath to my beloved niece Honora Power the dwelling house now in my occupancy together with the dwelling house in the occupancy of Robert Walsh she paying the ground rent I will and bequeath to my beloved niece aforesaid the remainder of my money after paying my debts and funeral expenses aforesaid. I hereby nominate ordain and appoint Timothy Mitchell and John Barry executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills made by me Signed published and declared this 16th April 1864 and in presence of first read over and explained. John his X mark Holohan (LS) Witness, P. Brazil, Timothy Mitchell John Barry.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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