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Will of Ellen McGrath
I Ellen McGrath of St. John’s Spinster do make and ordain this as and for my last will and testament. First after the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved sisters Catherine McGrath and Ann Murphy all the property of what nature or kind soever (save as hereinafter declared as respects the stock in the General Water Company) lands houses tenements hereditaments goods chattels and household furniture and my right title and interest therein of which I shall die possessed to hold unto them for ever share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Secondly I will and bequeath unto my said beloved sisters Catherine McGrath and Ann Murphy my stock in the General water Company above referred to as follows namely to Catherine McGrath One hundred and fifty pounds and to Ann Murphy fifty pounds. In witness whereof I have hereto subscribed my hand this tenth day of September Anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy seven.
Ellen McGrath. Signed in presence of us who in presence of each other and in presence of and at the request of the testatrix Ellen McGrath sign as attesting witnesses (the words “to hold” and “forever” on the thirteenth line hereof being first interlined, Patrick Cooney, Patrick J. Scott.
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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