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Will of Geoffrey Ryan
In the name of God Amen. I Geoffrey
Ryan of Spaniards Bay Newfoundland being at present of sound mind
and memory but being advanced in years and knowing it is ordained for all men
to die, do this day hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament,
that is to say:- I give and bequeath to my loving wife
Ellen Ryan all the property which I now possess during the period of her natural
life excepting that part of the outside premises at present in possession of
my son Matthew, a heifer and table which I now give to my son Thomas, and the
horse which I bequeath to my son Edward providing that my son Thomas shall
be permitted to use the said horse whenever he may require to do so and at
the death of my said wife, Ellen Ryan, all the property hereby given and bequeathed
to her as aforesaid shall be inherited by my sons and grandson Matthew
Ryan of John in the manner and form following:
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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