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Will of John Tobin
In the name of God Amen. I John Tobin of St. John’s Licensed Dealer do make and ordain this as and for my last will and testament. After the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all the estate monies goods chattels and effects of which I shall die possessed or entitled to save a sum of fifty five pounds which I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Elizabeth wife of Patrick Murphy of St. John’s aforesaid Caster. I will and direct that out of the bequest to my beloved wife fifteen pounds shall be devoted for High and Low Masses for the repose of my soul, and that out of the fifty five pounds bequeathed to my sister aforesaid she shall devote five pounds for Masses for the souls of our deceased father and mother the late Patrick Tobin and the late Catherine Tobin. I appoint my beloved wife executrix and the said Patrick Murphy executor of this my last will and testament. St. John’s Jany 28th 1883. John X his mark Tobin. Signed and declared as and for the last will and testament of the testator John Tobin by him in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and the presence of each other sign as attesting witnesses (having been first read over and explained to testator) P.J. Scott, John Toole.
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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