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Will of Richard Walsh
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Walsh Merchant of Codroy Newfoundland being sound in mind but infirm in body do now make this my last will and testament After payment of my lawful debts and funeral expenses I will and bequeath unto Very Revd T. Sears P.Ap. the sum of one hundred dollars for his own personal use also sixty dollars for Church purposes at Codroy Harbor. I bequeath unto Father Dochi the sum of twenty dollars for Masses for the repose of my soul. I will and bequeath unto Father Verenneau the sum of twenty dollars for Masses for the repose of my soul. I will and bequeath unto Miss Sears, sister to Very Revd T. Sears, P.Ap. the sum of one hundred dollars. The residue of my estate I will and bequeath unto the Honble James Fox St. John’s in trust for the benefit of my creditors, by my failure of eighteen hundred and sixty five, to be distributed to them according to their claims. I hereby constitute and appoint M. Carney Esqr of the firm of James Butler & Co. Halifax, my sole executor to carry out the intention of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I place my hand and seal the nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one. Richard Walsh (LS) Sealed and signed in presence of John McDonald, John Downey.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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