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Will of William Howlin
This is the last will and testament of me William Howlin of Saint John’s Crier of the Supreme Court of this Island. I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be expended in the purchase and erection of a stained glass window for the new Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick at River Head in this Town- All the rest and residue of my monies and effects I bequeath to the Orphanage of St. Michael in this town or to such charitable purposes as my executor may deem fit to apply the same. I appoint the very Reverend Thomas MacGrath of St. John’s executor of this my last will and testament.
Wm. Howlin (LS) Signed, executed and declared in our presence this 26th day of January 1874, Jos. I. Little, Robert J. Kent.
I ordain and make the following as a codicil to the foregoing will viz: To the said Very Reverend Thomas McGrath I bequeath the sum of six pounds out of the said residue of my monies to be applied by him to the uses and purposes for which I have already explained to him.
Wm. Howlin, Jany 27/74.
Witness, J.I. Little, Robert J. Kent.
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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