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Will of Michael King Senior
In the name of God Amen. I Michael King of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Labourer, do make the following as and for my last will and testament-
First, I will and direct that as soon after my decease as shall be practically convenient, my executor hereinafter named shall pay all debts then due by me or that shall become due for funeral and testamentary expenses including grave and headstone
Second I give and bequeath to the Reverend Richard O’Donnell of St. John’s aforesaid, Catholic Clergyman, the sum of fifty pounds currency to be held and applied by him for the use of the Catholic Church in St. John’s aforesaid in consideration of his causing two High Masses to be celebrated there for the good of my soul, the charge for said Masses to be deducted out of said Fifty pounds.
Third. I give and bequeath the rest residue and remainder of all my money property assets effects goods and chattels of every description whatsoever and wheresoever situate and being unto my beloved son Michael King of St. John’s aforesaid to have and to hold the said residue and remainder of the said money effects property assets goods and chattels unto my said son Michael for ever-
Fourth- I do hereby appoint my said son Michael King executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me. As witness my hand this seventh day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty four (1864)
Michael King, Seighner- Signed executed published and declared by the said Michael King Senior as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us (having been first read over to him and approved of before us) Michl Doyle, Michael King, Junor.
Codicil to the foregoing will- Whereas by the second bequest in the foregoing will I Michael King Senior have given and bequeathed to the Reverend Richard O’Donnell, the sum of fifty pounds currency for the use of the Catholic Church in St. John’s in consideration of his causing two High Masses to be celebrated for the benefit of my soul- Now I do hereby revoke and bequest and in lieu thereof I do hereby give and bequeath to the said Reverend Richard O’Donnell the sum of fifty pounds currency to be applied and paid by him for Masses for the good of my soul including two High Masses for that purpose And I do hereby confirm all the other bequests contained in my said will (excepting the said second bequest which is revoked as aforesaid and I declare this codicil to be a part of my said will and to stand in lieu of bequest number two therein- As witness my hand at St. John’s this eighth day of January A.D. 1864, Michael King, Senr. Witness, Mich. Doyle, Micael King Junr.
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.
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