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Will of Michael Nowlan
In the name of God Amen. I Michael Nowlan of Saint John's Newfoundland Merchant, being in good health and of sound mind and memory and knowing that all men must die, do of my own free will and accord make this my last will and testament thus annulling and revoking all former wills and testaments heretofore made or executed by me. First, I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God when He shall please to demand it and my body I consign to the earth to be buried in the form of and with Christian burial the expense to be paid out of my estate. Second, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Johannah all the property I die possessed of consisting of money, securities for money invested at interest, houses and rents of houses, lands and tenements, household furniture and all other goods & chattels in any way to me belonging or otherwise appertaining to me for and during the term of her natural life in her own right without being subject to any control of person or persons whatsoever. Third, It is my will and injunction that whatever property shall remain on the demise of my said beloved wife Johanna shall be given by will legally executed by her in equal proportions one half to the most deserving of her blood relations, the other half to the most deserving of mine and trusting to her my said wife's wisdom and prudence in all things and the carrying out of this my last will and testament. I hereby appoint her sole executrix to the same.
Signed and executed this 20th day of Feby 1865. Michael Nowlan (LS) In presence of Wm. Doutney, Ml. Berney.
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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