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Will of James Murphy
This is the last will and testament of me James Murphy of Great Catalina Newfoundland Commercial Agent I appoint John Murphy my brother & John Morris Trustees and executors hereof. I give and bequeath to my son John Murphy all my property at Greenspond whether in houses or land and all the appurtenances belonging thereto. To my son Thomas I give devise and bequeath my property whether in houses or land & all appurtenances belonging thereto including stores wharves & outbuildings. And of my estate in money now invested in the funds of the Union & Commercial Banks of Newfoundland I give and bequeath to my wife Alice £1000 cy one thousand pounds currency To my son John £500 cy five hundred pounds currency To my son Thomas £500 cy Five hundred pounds currency To my son James £1500 cy one thousand five hundred pounds currency To my son Edward £1000 cy one thousand pounds currency To my daughter Mary £1000 cy one thousand pounds currency To my daughter Alice £1000 cy One thousand pounds currency & to Alice & Mary Murphy daughters of my brother John Murphy £300 cy three hundred pounds currency each To my sister Catherine Humphries £100 cy one hundred pounds currency & to my sister Sarah Martin £100 cy To John Morris £100 cy one hundred pounds currency And I bequeath £100 cy one hundred pounds currency to be devoted to the celebration of Masses for the salvation of my soul
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this twenty third day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy,
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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