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Will of Thomas Ryan
Kings Cove, Newfoundland, the fifteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred & forty five. I Thomas Ryan of Kings Cove and resident at said place being now of sound mind, let this be my last will and testament. Now I bequeath to my heirs and successors as follows, viz. That is my wife Ellen Ryan is to be sole manager of my estate personal & real during her lifetime providing she do not marry but if she think it prudent to marry she is to have nothing more to say concerning my estate of effects but is to be cut off with one shilling and her own wearing apparel. If she do not marry she cannot be put out of the management of the estate whilst she lives and after her death it is to be occupied by my six sons David, Patrick, Michael, John, Thomas & William. The are to be joint partners when they become of age but if any of them should prove disobedient to their mother such as going away with the intention of bettering themselves are to be cut off with one shilling likewise my four daughters Mary, Margaret, Bridget & Johannah are to be supported on the property just the same as if I was living until married or provided for. Now I appoint Messrs. James Connor of Kings Cove and Thomas Fennel of Plate Cove my sole executors to this will as I have the most perfect oppinion of their integrity be this me last will and testament all other wills but this I pronounce invalid. Given under my hand and seal Thomas his x mark Ryan. Witnesses, Matthw Scanlan. Michael C. Walsh.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. |
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