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Will of John McGrath
The last will & declaration of John McGrath. I John McGrath (Publican) of St. John’s Newfoundland in the full & perfect use of all my senses & faculties do wish my undersigned executor to have my property disposed of in the following manner: 1st All property possessed by my wife, before, & at the time of my marriage with her, I declare to be hers & do hereby leave her in as full possession of it as when I married her. 2nd I possessed about one hundred & fifty pounds when married to the widow Farrell my present wife Of this sum after expenses incurred by sickness, funeral &c. &c. are paid off I leave to my said wife Bridget McGrath whatever shall remain to be disposed of by her as she may deem best for the good of my soul. I appoint as my executor the very Reverend Thomas B. McGrath Admr St. John’s.
Signed John McGrath. Witnesses, Rev. John Ryan, James Wilson, June 16th 1875.
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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