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Will of Matthew Ryan
In the name of God Amen. I Matthew Ryan of Spaniards Bay Newfoundland Farmer being very sick and weak in health of body but of perfect mind and memory of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. I give and bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved wife whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executrix of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands, messuages and tenements (together with all my household goods and moveable effects by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven. I publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. Matthew Ryan (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Matthew Ryan as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. John Lynch, Matthew Frayne.
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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