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Will of Sarah Ward
I Sarah Ward at present residing at Rathgar Road in the County of Dublin Ireland, and late of St. John's Newfoundland Widow do make this my last will and testament, I give devise and bequeath all the real freehold and personal estate of which I shall die seized or possessed wheresoever the same may be situate save and except my house and premises at Cullenswood Terrace Ranelagh in the County of Dublin unto William Thomas of the firm of Thomas & Dickinson of St. John's Newfoundland Merchant and D.Woodley Prowse of St. John's aforesaid their heirs executors and administrators upon trust as soon as conveniently may be after my death to sell and dispose of the same by public auction or by private contract at their discretion and to apply the net monies to arise from such sale or sales in the first instance in payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the expenses incident to the trusts of this my will and in the next place in payment of the sums following that is to say to the Treasurer for the time being of the British & Foreign Bible Society the sum of fifty pounds sterling for that Society, To the Treasurer for the time being of the London Missionary Society the sum of fifty pounds for that Society, to the Treasurer for the time being of the Religious Tract Society of London the sum of twenty pounds sterling for that society to my friend Robert Roberts Wakeham Lilly of St. John's aforesaid the sum of sixteen pounds sterling, To Sarah Ward Brace daughter of Mr. Richard Brace of Harbor Grace, Gaoler, the sum of sixteen pounds sterling, and to pay and apply all the net residue and remainder of the monies to be produced by such sale or sales (after the several payments aforesaid) unto and amongst my nephews and nieces hereafter named, viz Robt E. Forsaith, Henry Forsaith, Maria Wall wife of Charles Wall and Selina Forsaith now Mrs. Erroyd equally share and share alike, and in case any or either of my said nephews and nieces shall die before me then the share of the one so dying shall be divided between and amongst his or her children, share and share alike, and as to my sd house and premises at Cullenswood Terrace Ranelagh I give devise and bequeath the same to my said niece Anne McNaught the wife of William McNaught of Henry Street in the city of Dublin Merchant for and during the term of her life for her sole & separate use & free from the control debts contracts or engagements of her present or any future husband and after her decease in case the said William McNaught shall survive her then to the said William McNaught for the term of his life and after his decease to the children of the said Anne McNaught in such share and proportions as she the said Anne McNaught notwithstanding her coverture shall by any writing under her hand and attested by two witnesses or by her last will and testament appoint and for want of such appointment equally share and share alike and if the said Anne McNaught shall leave no children her surviving then to the right heirs of the said Anne McNaught I declare that the receipts of my said trustees shall exonerate purchasers and others paying or transferring monies or funds to such trustees by virtue of this my will from all liability in respect of the application thereof, and I further declare that the said trustees shall not be answerable for each others acts or receipts nor for any losses happening without their own respective wilful default and shall be at liberty to retain and allow to each other all expenses incident to the execution of the trusts of this my will and that the receipts of the treasurers for the time being of the aforesaid societies shall be sufficient discharges to my trustees for the payments to be made to them and I nominate and appoint the said William Thomas, D.Woodley Prowse and William McNaught to be executors of this my will. In witness whereof I the said Sarah Ward have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. Sarah Ward.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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