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Will of John Shelly
In the name of God Amen. I John Shelly a native of Ireland but at present residing in St. John’s Newfoundland do make this my last will and testament. Imprimis, I surrender my soul to God my Maker hoping thro’ the merits of His blessed Son for mercy and pardon of my sins, and leave my body to be disposed of as my executors shall direct. I give and bequeath to Mary Driscoll all my right title and interest in the house and premises I hold and dwell in in Water Street Saint John’s aforesaid together with all my goods furniture and any other chattels I may die possessed of what cash I may have and any debts that may be due to me she paying any debts that at my death I may lawfully owe trusting that she will as far as lies in her power remember me in her prayers and get such Masses for me as she can afford. Item, I make and appoint the said Mary Driscoll to be my sole executrix to this my last will. As witness my hand in St. John’s aforesaid this 15th day of August 1859- fifty nine- John his X mark Shelley Present Jno Roche, John Maher.
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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