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Will of John Phelan
I John Phelan now and for some years past residing in Trinity, do make and publish this my last will and testament by which I give bequeath and devise to my wife Ellen Phelan the dwelling house which I now occupy with the land and garden around and adjoining situate near the Court House in Trinity and fronting the Road called the “High Street” of Trinity, with all the furniture and goods therein together with all the remainder of my property both of land and personalty wheresoever situate at the time of my death, and I appoint her the said Ellen Phelan my wife the executrix of this my last will and testament, entrusting to her care the guardianship of our younger children till they attain the age of twenty one years and having nothing to leave to those of them who have already attained maturity say twenty one years- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Trinity aforesaid in the Island of Newfoundland this sixth day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy three-
John Phelan (LS) In presence of us who in presence of each other have witnessed the signing sealing and delivery of this will, the same having been read over and explained, William Hart, John Cross-
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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