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Will of John McCarthy
In the name of God Amen. I John McCarthy being of sound mind and of good memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament first I give and bequeath in trust to Richard McCarthy and my son Felix McCarthy the money due to me on my life insurance policy viz- one thousand dollars also all monies now in my possession, or may hereafter come in my possession for the support of my dear wife and my four unmarried daughters as they may from time to time require it. I give and bequeath to my dear wife and my four unmarried daughters the use of my present dwelling house, furniture and garden belonging thereto during my wife’s lifetime and as long as my daughters remain single or unmarried. I give and bequeath to my son Felix my western waterside premises, and I give and bequeath to my sons Felix and Charles jointly my shop and present dwelling house under and subject to the aforesaid conditions and exceptions. I give and bequeath to my son Francis my eastern waterside premises. I give and bequeath in trust to my aforesaid trustees for my son Nicholas John that piece of land on the north side of Water Street immediately east of Ambrose Forward’s premises. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary the sum ten pounds cy and to Revd Father O’Connor the sum of five pounds cy to be paid out of the estate. I give and bequeath my other dwelling house to the general estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy three.
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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