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Will of Mary Keefe
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Keefe being of sound mind memory and understanding and impressed with the great uncertainty of life and the certainty of death being desirous of to dispose my temporal affairs so that after my death no contentions may arise relative to the same and whereas I Mary Keefe of St. John’s Newfoundland native of Trepassey born on the eighteenth of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty two do make ordain publish and declare this my last will and testament
First I bequeath my body to the dust whence it came and my soul to God hoping for a happy immortality through the atoning merits of our Lord Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world my desire is that my body be interred after a proper and the usual manner of interment,
Secondly I bequeath to John Carter my son in law all my right and title and interest in two meadows or pieces of ground in Trepassey one occupied or held by my brother Thomas Tobin bounded by Edward Hackett on the south east and by John Ryan and the Martins, the other held by Robert Tobin bounded by John Neal and Richard Curtis, together with the arrears of rent due by them Thomas Tobin due fourteen pounds cy and Robert Tobin due six pounds cy to be left him the said John Carter and disposed as he deem proper all debts on the property to be paid by him
Lastly I appoint James Heasy Victualler and John Trelegan Boot and Shoe Maker my whole and sole executors to this my last will and testament and direct that no security be required of them for the faithful discharge of the trust hereby reposed in them In testimony whereof I have this ninth day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy one hereunto set my hand and affix my seal in presence of, James Hasey, John Trelegan,
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.
Contributed by Judy Benson and also by Joanne Connors
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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