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Will of James Power
In the name of God Amen. I James Power of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper do make the following as and for my last will and testament.
First I will and desire that my executors herein after named shall out of my moneys and effects pay all lawful debts due by me at my decease.
Second. I give and bequeath my son John my dwelling house & tenements cooperage stock & all the moveable property belong to me & to his heirs after his death.
Thirdly I bequeath to myself for the good of my soul twenty five pounds currency five pounds for Masses, three pounds to the Society of the Bd Virgin one pound to the Society of the Sacred Heart & one pound to the Sacred Heart for my dear wife Margret Fifteen pounds to Mrs. Vincent Nugent for the orphan children.
Forthly I bequeath in the care of my son John one hundred pounds for the support of my son Michael for no other use but to support & clothe him as he see him require it. I bequeath all the money belong to me after the funeral expenses & the money I left for the good of my soul & the hundred pounds to my son Michael to my son John & his heirs I do appoint Clement Carew Cooper of St. John’s & Wm. Murray Constable of St. John’s my executors of my last will & testament.
Clement Carew, Witness Revd John Conway, Revd John Scott. William Murray. St. John’s September 20, 1867.
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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