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Will of Charles Ryan
I Charles Ryan of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Planter do make and declare this paper writing to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made or executed- First I give and bequeath unto Lilla Louisa Lush the sum of twenty pounds- Second I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my money and all my land, houses household furniture and all other property of every description soever unto my wife Alice Ryan for her sole use and benefit- I hereby nominate and appoint Michael J. O’Mara, Esquire, sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at St. John’s this nineteenth day of May Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four, Charles Ryan (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Charles Ryan as and for his last will and testament in presence of us and each of us and who in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto- W. Olive Wood, A.J.W. McNealy.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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