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Will of Michael Murphy
In the name of God Amen I Michael Murphy of Kings Cove Bonavista Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Trader being of sound mind and memory but mindful of my mortality and that it is appointed for all men once to die do this third day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy two make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say First I desire to be decently buried and all my lawful and just debts paid. Second I desire Five pounds to be given to the resident priest of Kings Cove for Masses for the repose of my soul Third I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Alice during her natural life all my property both real and personal with full authority and power to give and bequeath and divide between my sons and daughter Johanna in such manner as she may consider most just and equitable but no part or parcel of my property now bequeathed to be sold at any time or rented for a longer term at any one time than ten years hereby revoking and annulling all former wills or testaments by me at any time made In witness whereof I hereby set my hand and seal the day and date before written. Michael Murphy (LS) In presence of Terence Stafford, Richard Lawton.
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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