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Will of William Walsh
In the name of God Amen. I William Walsh of Western Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being of perfect mind and memory although weak in body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die and moreover being desirous that there should be no disputes after my decease respecting what property I may possess at the time of my decease do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say I give and bequeath to my son Richard his heirs and assigns all the property that I now possess namely a dwelling house a stable a store, about two acres of meadow land a paddock near the dwelling house, a piece of land situated near or at the water side, two cows one horse and car and a fishing stage situated near the water side; And I hereby constitute make and ordain Mr. Thomas Cullan of Carbonear executor of this my last will and testament And I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former bequests legacies and executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eight day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five.
William his X mark Walsh (LS) Signed sealed published and pronounced and declared by the same William Walsh as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto. Lawrence Mackey, Catherine Hamilton.
Codicil: to my sons William Walsh and Patrick Walsh and my daughter Anastasia Hanrahan I leave and bequeath only the sum of one shilling each. Witness my hand and seal the date abovementioned. William his X mark Walsh. Witnesses, Lawrence Mackey, Catherine Hamilton.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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