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Will of Jeremiah Merrigan
In the name of God Amen. I Jeremiah Merrigan of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being sick of body of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament it is will and desire that my body be decently interred and all my lawful debts be paid I will and bequeath to my beloved son James all the meadow and other land belonging to me situate on the south side of Monday Pond Road during the term of his life said son James paying yearly and every year to his sister Johanna the sum of eight pounds currency or to give her good and sufficient support & clothing during her life and after the death of my said son James I will and bequeath the aforesaid meadow and other land to my beloved wife Ellen I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Ellen the dwelling house and stables together with my horses and cows household furniture beds and bedding also all the meadow and other land belonging to me on the north side of the Monday Pond Road also what money I may have at the time of my death hereby revoking all former wills made by me. I hereby nominate ordain and appoint my beloved wife Ellen my executrix and Mr. Eugene McCarthy my executor to this my last will and testament Signed sealed published and declared by me this 17th July 1854 being first read over and explained.
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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