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Will of James O'Donnell
I James O’Donnell of St. John’s Farmer do make this my last will and testament All my land, houses, cattle and farming utensils I will and bequeath to my wife to be held and enjoyed by her during her lifetime and on her demise the said land and all remaining farm stock I will and bequeath to my daughters Mary Neal and Mrs. Margaret Crowdell in even and equal parts the former to have the southwest half of the land and Mrs. Crowdell the western half, subject to the payment on the part of Mrs. Neal of one pound and on the part of Mrs. Crowdell of one pound to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John’s for the time being for Masses for the repose of my soul annually this to be a rent charge on said lands I will and bequeath five pounds to the Roman Catholic Orphanage St. John’s. Five pounds for St. Patrick’s Chapel St. John’s. I desire that a High Mass shall be offered up for the repose of my soul immediately after my death. To my grandson James Crowdell I will and bequeath the colt I have reared and also the sum of ten pounds to be paid him when he attains full age. To my grandson John Neal ten pounds also payable when he is of full age. To my granddaughter Mary Ann Crowdell I will and bequeath after my wife’s death all my household furniture beds and bedding and the sum of ten pounds currency. To the Very reverend Jeremiah O’Donnell and the Reverends Patrick O’Donnell and Richard O’Donnell forty shillings each. All the rest residue and remainder of my property goods chattels monies and effects I give and bequeath to my wife and do hereby nominate and appoint her executrix of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand at St. John’s aforesaid this 2nd day of March Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.
James his X mark O’Donnell. Signed and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence, James Brennan, Jos. I. Little.
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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