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Will of Mary Layman
I Mary Layman of Victoria Street St. John’s being now very ill and nevertheless of sound disposing mind memory and understanding make this my last will and testament and by this instrument I hereby revoke all former wills and dispositions of my property. I have in the savings Bank eighty pounds lodged to my credit in my maiden name of Mary Tracey. I will and bequeath to my adopted child Mary Anne Culleton the sum of ten pounds, together with my bed and bedding my trunk and its contents provided she is adopted by my brother Patrick, the money to be applied to her education. If she is not adopted by my brother Patrick then this bequest to be void; but instead she is to receive two suits of mourning. I desire that three pounds be applied for the purposes of Masses for my father mother and my deceased brother Martin. I will and devise to my brother Michael Tracey all my interest in my present house held under lease from John Tarahan for the unexpired term of over fifteen years. I direct that my furniture and effects not otherwise hereinbefore disposed be sold and the proceeds to be applied to discharge the expenses of my burial. In the event of Mary Anne Culleton going to live with her father the bed and bedding with the trunk and its contents are to go to my brother Patrick. I desire that there shall be a High Mass for the repose of the souls of myself and my husband and that the expenses thereof be taken out of the sum in the Savings Bank. I desire that the residue of the money in the Savings Bank after all necessary expenses are paid thereout and all my lawful debts are paid shall be applied to the purposes of Masses for my soul. I appoint His Lordship the Most Reverend Doctor Power executor of this my will.
Mary Layman. Signed and executed and acknowledged for her last will and testament in presence of us both present at the same time who in the presence of the testatrix and of each other hereunto sign as witnesses at the request of the testatrix, William J. Fitzpatrick, James G. Conroy, 29 Nov. A.D. 1874.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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