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Will of Martin Ryan
This is the last will and testament of me Martin Ryan of St. John’s Yeoman. I appoint John Finlay to be the executor of this my last will and testament. I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Ann all my dwelling house and farm situate near Waterford Bridge to have and to hold the same during her natural life only and with full power to my said wife to will and bequeath the same to her sons now living any of them or to one of them as she may think most advisable I give and bequeath all my household goods and other chattels to my said wife to hold the same for her own use for ever. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand this 21st day of April A.D. 1869.
Martin his X mark Ryan. Witness having been first read over and explained in presence of, J.T. Nevill, William Swift.
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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