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Will of James Malone
St. John’s Newfoundland Sept. 4 1862. I James Malone of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland now lying sick I hereby bequeath to my wife Bridget Malone with my free will and understanding part of the houses that I built say six tenements to the west and for the support of herself and two small children and she keep them insured and she is not to sell or mortgage. I also bequeath to my son John Malone the remainder of the houses that is twelve tenements to east end by doctor Renouf eighty pounds of mortgage due of them and by paying twenty five shillings yearly for his brothers schooling during five or six years and by paying Father Byrne fifty shillings a year during the term of the lease for Masses for the repose of my sole and the ground that is not occupied my son John Malone is to have it also. Given from under my hand this day September 4, 1862. James his X mark Malone. Witness, John Tynan, he is to keep them insured.
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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