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Will of John O'Keefe
In the name of God Amen. I John O'Keefe of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament It is will and desire that my body be decently interred and all my lawful debts be paid I will and bequeath to the Nuns of the Sisters of Mercy Convent all the money and property I may die possessed of in trust for the benefit of the poor of Saint John's to be given by the Sisters to the Poor that are most in want I ordain nominate and appoint Patrick Brazil my executor hereby revoking and annulling all former wills made by me Signed sealed published and declared by me on the twenty sixth day of March 1857 and presence of, John O'Keeffe (LS) P. Brazil, John Quinn.
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 AST)
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