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Will of John Kelly
In the name of God Amen. this my last will and testament made this 25th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. I bequeath my money as follows, I bequeath to the B.I. Society £5.0 to the ladies of the Presentation Convent £5..0..0, to the Catholic Cathedral of Hr. Grace £50.0..0, to Mrs. Gorman also to be paid for her attendance £30..0..0 For my funeral expenses £20..0..0, to the Bishop Rt. Revd. Dr. Dalton £5..0..0, to the Revd. John Walsh £5..0..0, to the Revd. John O’Connor £5..0..0, The remainder to be divided between my sister and three children, she to have the management of it while living My money is in the following places in the Harbor Grace Savings Bank £172..0 & at Ridley & Sons £44..5..0 & 5 months wages. Given under my hand at Harbor Grace the above date. John X Kelly. In presence of William Howlett & David Goffe.
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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