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Will of Patrick Shean
In the name of God Amen The 30th day of January in the year of our Lord 1860. I Patrick Shean of the Harbour of North Brigus Conception Bay Planter being through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life and that it is appointed to all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say I give bequeath and dispose of the property to which I am or may become entitled in the manner and proportions here following- First I give and bequeath to my wife Bridget Shean all the profits which I am or may be entitled to in my half of the Brig Alpha and Brigantine Eastern Packet with all the money that may be in my house at the time of my death. Also I give to my daughter Mary Magdalen Shean the dwelling house near the public road and in front of my garden with the garden round about thereunto belonging. Also I give and bequeath unto my sons Thomas John Shean Richard Mark Shean Emond Joseph Shean my dwelling house in the rear of the house above named with the garden aback of the house and ground round about the house and garden in front of the house and store that is out in the pond to be equally divided among them. I likewise constitute make ordain Thomas Kehoe my sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written Patrick Shean (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared in presence of Thomas Kehoe, John Hearn.
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.
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