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Will of John Sheehan
In the name of God Amen. I John Sheehan of Joe Bats Arm in the Northern District of Newfoundland Planter being of good sound mind and memory but in a poor state of health do make and ordain this my last will and testament cancelling and revoking any other will or testament hitherto made by me.
First I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be buried after a decent Christian manner in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Joe Bats Arm.
Second I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Sheehan Single Woman all and singular whatever money or property I may die possessed of, that is to say, my dwelling house, store, stage, flakes, cellar, four gardens and meadows lying and being situate in Joe Bats Arm aforesaid, five head of cattle, that is to say, cows, heifers and calves, two herring nets, two seal nets- my beds, bedding and household furniture.
Third I give and bequeath unto the Revd James Brown, Roman Catholic priest at Tilton Harbor, the sum of four pounds currency for religious purposes to be explained by my executor, the said four pounds currency to be paid out of the sum of about forty seven pounds belonging to me that is now in the hands of William Cox & Co., Fogo.
Fourth, I hereby nominate and appoint Mr. Myles F. Burke, Planter, of Joe Bats Arm aforesaid, my sole executor. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Fogo in the aforesaid Northern District the fourth day of August one thousand eight hundred and seventy one A.D. 1871 and in the thirty fifth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
John his X mark Sheehan (LS) Signed sealed acknowledged published and declared by the testator to be his last will and testament after having been first read over & being fully understood in presence of Peter Pickett, Michael T. Fitzgerald.
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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