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Will of Elizabeth Mitchell
This is the last will and testament of me Elizabeth Mitchell wife of the late John Mitchell (Cabinet Maker) of Harbor Grace being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding First I give devise and bequeath unto my sisters Eliza Norris and Ellen Lovett share and share a certain property in England consisting of an Orchard with a coach house and stable erected thereon situate in Yeovil Somersetshire England Also I give devise and bequeath unto my sister Georgina Doggrell a dwelling house situate in Endless Street, Salisbury, England aforesaid. Also I give devise and bequeath unto my niece Mary Ellen Walsh wife of Edward M. Walsh (tinsmith) of Harbor aforesaid my dwelling house situate on Ridley’s Beach Harbor Grace aforesaid together with all my household furniture and all said dwelling house contains. Also I give and bequeath unto the said Mary Ellen Walsh my gold watch and chain. Also I give and bequeath unto my nephew William Pumphry my silver watch and chain. Also I give and bequeath unto my niece Mary Ellen Walsh aforesaid the sum of four hundred dollars ($400.) Also I give and bequeath the sum of four hundred dollars ($400) towards the erection of the Roman Catholic Church at the River Head of Harbor Grace this bequest to be paid to the Right Rev. R. Macdonald Bishop of Harbor Grace as soon as possible after my death soliciting the privilege of having the altar in said church dedicated to my patron saint (St. Elizabeth) Also I give and bequeath unto Rev. Felix McCarthy of Harbor Grace the sum of four hundred dollars requesting one Missa de requiem every year during during his natural life for the repose of my soul and that of my husband the late John Mitchell. Lastly I appoint Michael Scully teacher sole executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this fifteenth day of October eighteen hundred and eighty five. Elizabeth her X mark Mitchell (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto, Michl Scully, Denis Butler.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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