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Will of James Ryan Senior
In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of me James Ryan of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Yeoman. I first will and direct that all my just debts be paid and funeral expenses by my executor hereinafter named. It is next my will and desire and I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my beloved grandson James Ryan (son of my daughter Catherine McManus formerly Catherine Ryan) all the lands farms messuages and other property of which I may die possessed To hold to him the said James Ryan Jr. And his heirs to his and their absolute use and behoof for ever- And I hereby nominate and appoint my said grandson James Ryan Jr. sole executor of this my last will and testament. I hereby revoke annul and disallow any former or other will or testament by me at any time heretofore made or executed and declare this to be my last will and testament. Dated at St. John’s aforesaid this thirtieth day of May Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine. James his X mark Ryan. Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Ryan the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in each other’s presence and in the presence of the said testator and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto, having been read over and explained Thos. J. J. Kough, Edmond Dunn.
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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