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Will of Laurence Murphy
In the name of God Amen. I Laurence Murphy of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Blacksmith being in perfect health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament to be in full force and virtue after my decease in the manner following, First I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be Interred in a decent and Christian like manner and all my just and lawfull debts to be paid.
I do also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Anne Murphy during her widowhood for me that she is to occupy and make use of my house as hitherto during my lifetime And whatever money may be in my house after my decease and interment together with all the monies may be due me the management of the collection of which I give into the hands of my executors and authorise them to receive and lodge in a solvent merchant's hands and out of the said amount to pay my beloved wife Anne Murphy the full one third thereof for her use and benefit in yearly payments of twenty five pounds currency p. year as long as the amount will last, And all my household furniture beds bedding &c. are to remain in my house as hitherto. And I hereby leave it incumbent on my beloved wife Anne Murphy that she shall cloth school and maintain my two beloved sons Thomas and John Murphy until they are of sufficient age to be bound apprentices to trades, and then it may be lawfull for my executors or their heirs to draw from the merchant the above mentioned money may be lodged with as much thereof as may be necessary to buy them outfits &c. But in case of the aforesaid Anne Murphy should think well of getting married then she is to have no claim whatever on my property house or anything else of mine excepting the balance due her from my executors out of her one third they money they may deposit in the merchant's hands. I do also give and bequeath to my beloved son Thomas Murphy and heirs all my right title and interest in the fee simple property I now hold and occupy which is my just and lawfull right and in my name comprehending a dwelling house, outhouses, gardens &c., and all appurtenances thereunto belonging for ever together with all my stock and trade, and in case of his death without heirs I hereby give and bequeath the said property to my beloved son John Murphy and heirs as aforesaid,
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. |
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 18, 2003)
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