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Will of Matthew Penny
The last will and testament of Matthew Penny I Matthew Penny of Harbor Main in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following (that is to say) First I give and bequeath unto my son John Penny the cabbage garden and cellar now occupied by him- I also give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Penny the remaining part of my land together with my dwelling house. My said son Thomas Penny is to support my wife Hannah Penny during her natural life. I also give and bequeath unto my son William Penny the sum of one shilling sterling. I hereby appoint Charles Furey Esquire sole executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine-
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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