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Will of Bridget Kennawidge
In the name of God Amen the sixth day of December one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight I Bridget Kennawidge Widow of Saint John’s being weak in body but through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life and that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner that is to say I give and bequeath to my four daughters say Mary Evans, Elizabeth Shortal, Ellen Murphy and Catherine Maguire, the house which I now occupy, that is the price of said house which is to be sold after my death and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided between the four persons above mentioned and the said four persons are to contribute equally for the Masses they get for the repose of my soul. I also give and bequeath to my daughters Ellen Murphy, & Catherine Maguire one feather bed each for their own use and benefit, ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament and in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal on the day and year above written. Bridget her X mark Kennawidge. Signed & sealed in presence of John Dalton, Samuel Walsh.
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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