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Will of Laurence Kennedy
I Lawrence Kennedy of Saint John's fisherman, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say, I give and bequeath all my lands, tenements and premises to my children namely Bridget Hickey, wife of James Hickey, Mary Kennedy and Emma Kennedy for their own exclusive use and benefit free of the control of any husband they have or may have- To have and to hold the same as tenants in common and not as joint tenants subject to the following conditions that my said children shall pay all debts and funeral expenses and also annually pay to His Lordship the Right Reverend Dr. Mullock and his successors the sum of two pounds currency for Masses for my soul and the souls of my deceased mother and wife. I appoint Edward Morris to carry this my last will and testament into effect. I further will and desire that my sister Mary Connolly shall be permitted to use and occupy the house and garden she now holds from me during the remainder of her life then to revert to my said daughters to be held as aforesaid.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of June A.D. 1859.
Lawrence (his mark) X Kennedy.
I Lawrence Kennedy of Saint John's do declare the following to be a codicil to my last will and testament, exceuted on the 11th of June instant, viz: I give devise and bequeath to my sister Mary Connolly the house ground and garden she now holds and occupied from me as described and mentioned in the last bequest contained in the foregoing will- to have and to hold the said house ground and garden to her and her assigns for ever.
In witness whereof I Lawrence Kennedy have hereunto set my hand the sixteenth day of June A. D. 1859.
Lawrence (his Mark) X Kennedy.
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 AST)
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