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Will of James McGrath
In the name of God Amen I James McGrath of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament viz I give and bequeath all and every property chattels of every description unto my dear son Timothy McGrath for ever and it is my desire and positive request that no person or persons shall interfere with my son Timothy in case of my death And further no person or persons at my request shall interfere with my son Timothy McGrath. Signed sealed published and declared by the said James McGrath and for his last will and testament in testament in presence of us and each of us this thirtieth day of October Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three and we and each of us and in presence of each other and in presence of said James McGrath did subscribe our names as witnesses hereto (being first read over and explained) James his X mark McGrath (LS) M.J. O’Mara, Patrick J. Allan.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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