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Will of Margaret Slattery
In the name of God Amen the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four I Margaret Slattery widow of the late William Slattery of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding but calling to mind the frail tenure of 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 principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends. With respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in manner following- First I give and bequeath (after my funeral expenses are paid out of my money) to the Revd Father Scanlan for religious purposes, Secondly I give and bequeath to my friend Patrick Murphy of Trinity aforesaid in the Island aforesaid my dwelling house to him the said Patrick Murphy and his heirs forever. Thirdly I give and bequeath all my household furniture that I may die possessed of to my friend Michael Dougherty with the exception of my bed and bedding and which I give and bequeath to my friend Patrick Murphy aforesaid. Finally I give and bequeath all my clothes and wearing apparel to the care of my friend Patrick Murphy aforesaid to be distributed to the Poor at his discretion for the good of my soul, and I hereby ratify and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Margaret her X mark Slattery (LS) Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said Margaret Slattery as her last will and testament in the presence of us, James Fitzgerald, William Eagan, William Davis Cross.
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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