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Will of John Kennedy
In the name of God Amen, I John Kennedy of Fresh Water Road near Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland make this my last will and testament. Imprimis I commit my soul to the mercy of my Redeemer and my body I leave to the care of my brother William whom I appoint as my sole executor. I give and bequeath to my two sons to be equally divided between them my whole property personal and real as well as all monies due to me and in case one should die before he come of age the whole shall be for the survivor but if both should die then all my property shall be equally divided between my two brothers William and Patrick. Item my will is that the children shall be left in the care of their mother who will have the produce of the farm and the interest received for any monies which may remain after my debts shall be paid and the expense of sickness and burial as long as she shall remain a widow subject nevertheless to the directions of my brother William whom I leave Guardian over my children during their minority. As witness my hand in Freshwater aforesaid this first of September 1864
John his X mark Kennedy. Prest. John Roche, James Power, Alice Kenneddy.
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.
Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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