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Will of John Walsh
In the name of God Amen. I John Walsh of Petty Harbour being very weak of body but of perfect mind and sinses thinking my death is near do hereby make my last will and testament I bequeath my soul to God my body to the earth All the land to the Goulds I leave to my wife with the lot at the head of Third Pond also the garden at Maddox Cove to be disposed as she think fit at her death. All the ground at River head which I bought from Constantine and Mile is to be divided into five parts each son to have a share. My house I make three parts the west end I leave to William while he wish to remain in it but if he is leaving he cant sell it or let it but leave there as he got it the east end I leave to John and Richard to be divided as they think fit To all which I sign my name
John Walsh X his mark In the presence of witnesses Samuel Hannaford, Samuel Howlett X his mark.
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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