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Will of Thomas Ryan
In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Ryan of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Pilot, I revoke all former wills, I leave everything I may die possessed of to my dear wife Mary Ann to enjoy the same as long as she may live free from the control of anyone with power to bequeath the same in any way she may desire and I appoint my wife sole executrix to carry this my will into effect In this most solemn act I express a wish which I trust will be as a voice from the grave that my sons John and Thomas will spare their father’s memory from disgrace by any act of theirs; In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy four.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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