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Will of William Walsh
In the name of God Amen. I William Walsh of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper, being old and infirm in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament as follows-
First I give and bequeath to my two daughters Anne Walsh and Elizabeth Flaven, share and share alike, half of my farm situate on the Pennywell Road in the town of St. John’s that is to say half of the dwelling house half of the barn and half of the land belonging to said farm whether cultivated or uncultivated for their use and benefit for ever Also all my interest in my share of the dwelling house I now live in situate opposite the Wesleyan Academy share and share alike for their use and benefit for ever- Also half of the house (viz the half next the Chapel) I formerly lived in, share and share alike; also all the furniture beds and bedding now in my dwelling house for their use and benefit for ever share and share alike-
Secondly- I give and bequeath to my four sons, viz Thomas, William John and James Walsh, the other half of said Farm on the Pennywell Road, share and share alike, for their use and benefit during their natural life- Also the other half of the house before mentioned on the Chapel Hill, together with the yard and cooperage adjoining, share and share alike, for their use and benefit during their natural lives-.
Thirdly- It is my will and desire that none of the said property within mentioned and bequeathed be mortgaged or sold to any one out of my family; and that each of the said parties shall pay their proportion of the ground rent for the portion so bequeathed to them respectively-
Fourthly- It is my wish that should either of my said sons die, before my said daughters, then the share of the one so dying in all my said property shall go to my said daughters share and share alike or the survivor of them, for their or her use and benefit for ever.
Fifthly. It is my wish that any cash or money that I may be possessed of at my decease shall be shared and divided equally among my said sons and daughters.
Lastly. I revoke all former wills by me at any time made and declare this to be my last will and testament and I hereby appoint Nicholas Veale of St. John’s Storekeeper, and William Hogan of same place my executors under this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland this fourth day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty three. William Walsh (LS) Signed by the said testator in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, William Hogan. Augustus O. Hayward.
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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