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Will of Maurice Kearney
In the name of God Amen. I Maurice Kearney of St. John’s Fisherman do make and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament. I will and bequeath to my daughter Johannah Redmond all that land and dwelling house at Carbonear now occupied by my son Michael to be held by her during her life and on her demise I bequeath the same to her son Patrick. I will and bequeath the land and dwelling house to the eastward of said land and dwelling and now held by Kelly Cooper to my son Michael for his life only and on his demise I bequeath the same to his son Michael. All my land and houses on Meeting House Hill in St. John’s I bequeath to my daughter Mary- My land and tenements on Prescott Street in said Town I bequeath to my daughter Bridget- I will and bequeath the sum of ten Pounds to the Very Reverend Thomas McGrath of St. John’s for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul and that of my late wife and the late Thomas Hogan. To Michael Kearney my grandson I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency. The rest residue and remainder of my monies and chattels I leave to my daughters Mary and Bridget in equal proportions. I appoint Michael Cahill of ST. John’s Clothier executor of this my last will and testament.
Maurice his X mark Kearney. Signed and declared in our presence this 21st day of February 1874, Jos. I. Little. W. P. Kitchin.
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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