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Will of Maurice Morrissey
In the name of God Amen: I Maurice Morrissy of Admiral’s Cove, Cape Broyle, Newfoundland, being weak in body, but sound in mind thanks be to God, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. To my beloved wife Joanna Morrissy I bequeath my dwelling house with all its furniture together with kitchen gardens, meadow land, and all land known to belong to me about the house. She is to hold it peaceably during her natural life and after her death its to be equally divided between my dear children Bryan, Daniel and Lucy, their heirs and assigns and I enjoin my dear son Bryan to work conjointly and peaceably with his family. And also there is no portion of said house or land to be sold or morgaged without the mutual consent of all parties concerned. To my beloved sons Daniel and John I bequeath my fishing room at Admiral’s Cove including the “Island Rock” with all the ground belonging to said room to them their heirs and assigns.
Maurice his X mark Morrisy. Signed sealed and delivered by testator in presence of us witnesses appointed by him Admirals Cove Cape Broyle October 11th A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
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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