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Will of James Shea
In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of me James Shea of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer 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 son Michael Shea the Uper field at the south side of the road containing four acres of land also I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Johana Shea my house and all the land I hold at the north side of the road of which I may die possessed to hold to them the said Michael Shea the said Johana Shea and their heirs to their absolute use and benefit for ever and thereby nominate and appoint my said son Michael Shea and daughter Johana Shea my sole executors 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 me at time heretofore made or executed and declare this to be my last will and testament. Dated at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty fourth day of February Anno Domino one thousand eight hundred and sixty. James his X mark Shea at the same time binding both my executors that is my son Michael Shea and my daughter Johana Shea to pay five pounds currency to my son Patrick Shea that is fifty shillings each of them, James his X mark Shea. Signed sealed published and declared by the said James Shea the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in each others presence and in the presence of the said testator and at his request have signed sealed our names as witness hereto, having been read over and explained, Edmond Dunn, John his X mark King.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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