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Will of Denis Penney
In the name of God Amen- I Denis Penney of North Arm of Holyrood Conception Bay Newfoundland in perfect health of mind and clearly consious do hereby make my last will and testimony as follows- I bequeath to my wife Catherine Penny all I now at present possess consisting of house and property and everything thereto to make use of in any way for her support untill the day of her death. I hereby make four equal parts of my property an equal part for each of my three sons and a part for my wife to be left at the day of her death to which of my sons as will contribute the most to her support and if supported equeally by the whole three her part is to be divided equally between them I bequeath to my son William Penny half my south west property and my wife the other half- I bequeath to my two sons Patrick and Joseph the North east part to be divided equally between them. Witness my hand. Signed Denis his X mark Penny. Witness Michael his X mark Woodford, Thos. Woodford. Given Holy Rood this 17th day of January 1881.
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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