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Will of Edward Nowlan
In the name of God Amen. I Edward Nowlan of Bay Bulls Fisherman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say- I desire that my executor hereinafter named shall pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my estate- I will devise and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary Laughlin all my right title and interest in and to the land which I now occupy with the dwelling and outhouses thereon and also all my live stock and farming utensils to her sole and exclusive use and benefit free of the control of any husband she may marry. I will and bequeath to the Very Reverend Patrick Cleary one cow and I desire that he will celebrate Masses for the good of my soul. I appoint William Getheral Williams my executor to carry this my last will and testament into effect and I hereby revoke annul and cancel all other wills made by me. Edward his X mark Nowlan (LS) Signed, sealed and declared in the presence of us the twenty fifth day of April 1859, Stephen Williams, William Williams.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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