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Will of David Ryan
In the name of God Amen. I David Ryan of Kings Cove in the Island of Newfoundland, Fisherman, being of sound mind and memory and understanding, but mindful of my mortality do this second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, First I desire to be decently buried and all my lawful debts paid, also I give bequeath five pounds for Masses to be said for the repose of my soul- also the sum of twelve pounds or more if required for the purchase, freight and erection of a respectable headstone- also I give and bequeath to the widow Murphy relict of John Murphy the sum of forty pounds, also to David Ryan the sum of twenty pounds- also to my sister Johana Walsh of Keels the sum of twenty pounds also to Thomas Ryan of Kings Cove the sum of twenty pounds, also the sum of seven pounds to the said Thomas Ryan for the balance of my board and lodging, also to Michael Ryan the sum of twenty pounds- I also authorise my executor to recover from James Walsh of Stock Cove the sum of twenty shillings own me by him, also the sum of ten shillings own me by Philip Aylward of Nights Cove and any residue left after the different bequests mentioned are paid and all incidental expenses defrayed, the remainder if any to be paid by my executor to the most needy and deserving of my friends as he may think proper- and I do hereby ordain and appoint Michael Murphy sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made.
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 AST)
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