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Will of John McGee
The last will and testament of John McGee. I John McGee of Salmon Cove in the Northern District of the island of Newfoundland, shopkeeper and farmer do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following that is to say; First I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary McGee all my lands, houses and all my other effects during her natural life; provided, that should my said wife Mary McGee marry again then in that case she is to have no further claim to the aforesaid lands, houses or effects bequeathed to her but the said lands, houses and effects will fall into the hands of my daughter Catherine McGee. I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter Catherine McGee, after the death or marriage of my said wife Mary McGee all my lands, houses and all my other effects that may remain after the death or marriage of my said wife Mary McGee. And I do further order that should my said wife Mary McGee survive my daughter Catherine McGee, it shall not be in the power of my said wife to bequeath sell or make over my aforesaid lands, houses or effects to any person or persons unless my nearest heir or heirs; provided further that should my said wife be in distress and my aforesaid heirs be not willing to render her any assistance it shall be in the power of my said wife to sell or convey my aforesaid lands, houses or effects to any person or persons whatsoever. I also give and bequeath unto my brother Michael McGee my land situated at Gasters, I hereby appoint Edward O’Brien and William Flinn executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one. John his X mark McGee (LS) Witness, Edward O’Brien, William Flynn.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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