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Will of Margaret Whelan
In the name of God Amen this eighth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six. I Margaret Whelan of Saint John’s Newfoundland widow of the late Robert Whelan of St. John’s aforesaid being through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life and that it is appointed for all once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner that is I give and bequeath to James Croak of Saint John’s aforesaid that piece of ground left to me by my husband Robt Whelan situate on the south side of Saint John’s Riverhead containing about one acre and the two houses thereon and also half the house now occupied by James Power and separated from the two houses aforesaid by only five or six feet together with all my household goods and effects belonging to me and I do hereby utterly disallow annul and revoke all and every other former wills and testaments ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Margaret her X mark Whelan. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us the subscribers, John Dalton, James Walsh Joseph his X mark Mullowney.
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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