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Will of Lawrence Mullally
In the name of God Amen, I Lawrence Mullally of Joe Batts Arm in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, being weak in body but sound in mind do bequeath First my soul to God and my body to the earth to be interred in a decent manner Secondly, My premises to be equally divided between George Pierce of Joe Batts Arm and Henry Starks of Joe Batts Arm, Thirdly, My dwelling house I bequeath as a public school house Fourthly, My bed and bedding to be sold and the money given for Masses for my soul. Fifthly, the rest of my effects including money, potatoes and all my other goods to be taken in possession by George Pierce and Henry Starks and sold to the best advantage and the said George Pierce and Henry Starks to pay or cause to be paid all my just debts as far as the said property will permit with the expense of my burial included. Whatever remains I wish to have remitted to my family. I appoint George Pierce and Henry Starks on trust as executors to this my last will and testament. As witness my hand and seal this 16th day of October eighteen hundred and forty six and in the tenth year of the Reign of Her Majesty Victoria the First, Laurence Mollaly mark X his his hand and sale (LS) Witness, John Corbin, Patrick Ryley his X mark.
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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