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Will of Esther McKie
In the name of God Amen. I Esther McKie of Bay Bulls Widow now in perfect health of body and sound in mind do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say First and principally I give and recommend my soul unto Almighty God whenever it is his will to call on me, and then my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate as God has blessed me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner, I give and bequeath unto my beloved niece Mary M. Getheral all my estate willed to me by my late husband John L. McKie, namely my house and furniture and all my landed property to be hers, her heirs executors administrators or assigns for ever without any molestation interruption or denial from any other person or persons claiming or pretending to claim a right thereto. In testimony whereof I hereunto put my hand and seal at Bay Bulls this twentieth day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine.
Esther McKie (LS) Witnesses present, Terence Morrissy Esther Cody.
A codicil to the within written will. I do appoint my within named niece Mary M. Getheral to be my sole executrix to this my last will and testament.
Esther MacKie. Dated at Bay Bulls July 17- A.D. 1871. Signed in presence of us Patrick Cleary, Mary Power.
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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