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Will of William Joy
In the name of God Amen. I William Joy of Prince Street in the Town of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being weak in body but of sound disposing mind intellect and understanding do make this my last will and testament thereby revoking all former wills made by me In the first place all my lawful debts are to be paid next fifteen pounds currency for my funeral expenses and to the Revd Roman Catholic Clergyman of the Parachocial Diocese of Saint John’s the following sums viz ten pounds currency also to my son John being my eldest son the sum of one hundred and forty pounds currency to my son Thomas the sum of one hundred and forty pounds currency to my daughter Catherine the sum of one hundred and forty pounds currency to my son William the sum of one hundred and forty pounds currency and to my youngest son Richard the sum of fifty pounds currency- I further bequeath as follows to my son John the eastward end of my land one house comprising four tenements to my son Thomas one house comprising four tenements one of which is to be held and occupied by my daughter Catherine during the term of her natural life and after her death to devolve on her brother Thomas also my household furniture I bequeath to my son Thomas with my watch and bed leaving to my daughter Catherine the bedding belonging thereunto As my property (being the foregoing) is insured in the Royal Insurance office until the ninth day of July 1870 in case of fire the profits arising therefrom are to be equally divided between my sons John, Thomas and my daughter Catherine All monies in my keeping at the time of my decease are to be equally divided between my sons John, Thomas and my daughter Catherine. Given from under my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of December one thousand eight hundred & sixty nine hereby appointing John Mockler of Saint John’s Cooper and Andrew Marnell Tidewaiter of said place as my executors,
William his X mark Joy (LS) Witness Patrick H. Walsh, John Mockler (LS) Andrew Marnell (LS)
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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