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Will of Thomas Woods
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Woods late of St. John’s but now residing in Carbonear being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this twenty eight day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say First I give and bequeath unto my nephew Thomas Woods of Carbonear Tin Smith the sum of fifty pounds cury for and in consideration of all claims and demand whatsoever of him the said Thomas Woods up to the day of my death Also I give and bequeath the sum of two pounds cury unto the Revd. John O’Connor and the sum of one pound cy to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the sum of one pound cy to the Society of the Sacred Heart And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind and quality soever the same may be and not hereinbefore given and disposed of I hereby give and bequeath the same unto the Rev. Henry Carafagnini in trust for the intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned that is to say for the defrayal of my funeral expenses and for the removal of my remains to Belvedere Cemetery to be there interred alongside my late wife also for the celebration of a High Mass in the Cathedral of Harbor Grace and for the celebration of a High Mass in the Cathedral of St. John’s and for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul and that of my wife And I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint my said nephew Thomas Woods sole executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Thomas Woods (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Thomas Woods as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, John Moran, Patrick Hogan.
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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