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Will of Mary Power
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Power of Saint John's Widow being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament- 1st I Will and bequeath to my son Michael Hayes all my right title and interest in and to that farm of land situate at Perl Town in the vicinity of Saint John's which was granted by Government to my first husband the late Edmond Hayes deceased and the half of which was bequeathed by him to me, the other half having been sold and purchased by me I now fully and absolutely bequeath the whole of said farm to my said son Michael. 2nd I will and bequeath to Richard Brophy my son-in-law all my right title and interest in and to the ground dwelling and premises now occupied and held under lease by me from the late John Barron- the said land and houses thereon are not to be sold or mortgaged for the remainder of the said term- My debts and funeral expenses are to be paid out of any monies that I may leave or have in the Savings Bank and the balance that may remain shall be distributed as follows- To my daughter Johanna I bequeath the sum of thirty pounds currency To my said son Michael I bequeath the sum of thirty pounds currency. To the Reverend John Veriker twenty pounds currency for the use and purpose of which I have already informed and instructed him, if said amount be remaining over and above my debts funeral expenses and other bequests I will and bequeath my bed and bedding to my granddaughter Mary Hayes- all the rest residue and remainder of my chattels and effects I bequeath to my daughter Mary Brophy- I appoint my son Michael Hayes sole executor to this my last will and testament.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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