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Will of Matthew Morry
In the name of God Amen, I Matthew Morry of Caplin Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form- First I give and bequeath to Ann my beloved wife all my worldly goods consisting of the dwelling house I at present occupy all my household furniture cattle debts fishing rooms with all the appurtenances western boat and Coasting schooner and all and singular my lands plantations and tenements to be by her freely possessed and enjoyed for and during the period of her natural life. And it is my desire that at the demise of my dear wife the dwelling house before described household furniture garden in front of the dwelling house and cattle shall be and become the sole property of my daughter Priscilla Ann Morry for and during the term of her natural life and to descend to her children lawfully begotten in rateable proportions- And I also constitute and appoint Thomas G. Morry and Peter Paint LeMessurier joint executors to this my last will and testament. And I hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testimony will or legacy ratifying and confirming this and no other as my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six. Matthew Morry (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Matthew Morry as his last will and testament and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, Jno. Stephenson, Robert Morry.
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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