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Will of William McDonald
In the name of God Amen. The fourteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty five. I, William McDonald of the town of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland being of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament and give and bequeath my property in the following manner, viz. three houses divided into six tenements in Buchanan Street in the town and island aforesaid, viz to Catherine Whittle my step-daughter I give & bequeath the upstairs tenement of the upper house with furniture appertaining thereto to my step-daughter's eldest son William Whittle I give and bequeath the centre house containing two tenements also my silver watch and my chest with contents, bedstead, bed & bedding to my step-daughter's sons Peter and Michael Whittle I give and bequeath the lower house containing two tenements to my step-daughter's children Richard & Mary Ann Whittle I give & bequeath the lower tenement of the upper house. Provided nevertheless that all my lawful debts are liquidated my remains receive decent Christian burial and a tombstone erected, and further that the sum of two pounds currency be paid annually to the Right Revd Doctor Mullock or the Roman Catholic Bishop for the time being for Masses for the repose of my soul and further that the aforesaid property is never to be sold or mortgaged & further that all rents profits and emoluments arising out of the said property hereby bequeathed to my stepdaughter's children William, Peter, Michael, Richard and Mary Ann Whittle until they become of legal age shall be deposited in some fund or Bank paying interest thereon that the amount or amounts so deposited may increase for their benefit and it is further provided that each house or tenements shall bear its due and fair proportion of the ground rent annually paid on the aforesaid premises. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other power, testaments, wills, legacies and bequests by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
|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 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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