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Will of James McLoughlan
In the name of God Amen. I James McLaughlan of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant do hereby make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament
First. I give devise and bequeath to my nephew John McLaughlan of Hoartown near Taghman in the County of Wexford Ireland the sum of three hundred pounds currency.
Second- To my niece Margaret McLaughlan of Hoartown aforesaid the sum of three hundred pounds currency to be taken and held by her as separate estate.
Third- I will and desire that my nieces Kate and Mary now living with me shall have full right and liberty to reside in the house in which they now live whilst unmarried for such time as they may respectively chose so to do, and whilst they so reside in the said house they shall each be provided with board and all other necessaries as heretofore, and shall each have in the said house the same power and authority as they now have. If at any time they chose to leave the said house to reside elsewhere then whilst so residing away from the said house and whilst unmarried I will and desire that my executors hereinafter named shall pay to them the sum of sixty pounds per annum each. In the event of their marrying my executors shall pay to them as soon as possible after marriage the sum of five hundred pounds currency each such sums to be as separate estate free and clear of the debts liabilities and control of their husbands.
Fourth- I will and desire that my said executors shall pay the sum of ten pounds a year for ever to the Most Reverend the Bishop of St. John’s for the time being to be by him expended for Masses for the repose of my soul such payment to be made in two equal half yearly payments.
Fifth. I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my property goods chattels and effects of whatsoever nature or kind they may be to my nephew James McLaughlan now living with me for his own sole use and benefit subject only to the said annual payments to the Most Reverend the Bishop of St. John’s and to my said nieces.
Sixth. I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said nephew James McLaughlan and Michael Stafford Esquire of St. John’s aforesaid Merchant executors of this my last will and testament And Lastly I do hereby revoke annul and declare void all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this seventh day of February Anno Domini 1874.
James McLaughlan. Signed by the said testator in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto set our hands as witnesses on the day and year above written. Jos. I. Little, Robert J. Kent.
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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