This is will written
in 1805 by William McMurray living in Ballygargan or Ballynaghy townlands,
with sons James, William and Samuel, with daughters Jane Wilson &
Eliza and son-in-law Thomas Joyce.
I found the
will completely by accident in the Public Records Office Northern
Ireland (Ref D/959/34/1/2), when looking for another piece of information.
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In the name of God Amen. The twenty second day of May in the year of
your Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and five. I William McMurray being
sick but of sound mind and memory thanks be onto God. I therefore make
this my last will and testament in the following mannor and form and first
of all I leave and bequeath to my son James McMurray the house that he
now livith in with the one half of my barn togeather with the "rushey
" bottom joyns the "pole darn " and the meadow ajoyning said field also
the little rushey bottom that joyns on the road.
Secondly I leave and bequeath to my son William McMurray the house that
now livith in with the other half of my barn, also the little garden beyond
the river, togeather with the field behind the house also "Vaians's "
round field and the other field that joyns Hugh Dempsy and the dam, and
my is that the meadow that I bequeathed to my son James he is to have
his part of it as I shall mention now, the near part of it ajoyning the
"clouv_ _will " and the flax whole and "glove " and order that my son
William is to have a part of said meadow that is from the flax whole down
within twenty five yards of the far end.
Thirdly I leave to my son-in-law Thomas Joyce the house that I now live
in my self and the potato house with three "_ _ _ _ " in the garden togeather
with Vaians back field the long field that joyns SamL McMurry's farm and
my will is that my said son-in-law, Thomas Joyce is to have the other
part lastly of my meadow which I have Bequeathed to my two sons James
and William that he shall have 25 yards of the said meadow "C_ _y " I
have alike I have and bequeathed to my son SamL Murry two shillings and
eight pence fifty and no more.
And lastly I leave and bequeath to my daughter Jane Wilson, six pounds,
sixteen shillings and six pence and I likewise order that said money is
to be raisd of my goods and chattels and if my said goods and effects
will not amt. to said sum after paying all my funeral expenses and debts
she is to have no more than what remains.
I like wise order that what land that I have bequeathed to my sons that
they are to let each other have a provilage of a road through other William
McMurray to pass though Thos. Joyce as a road, James is to pass through
William and Thomas Joyce to pass through William, I likewise order that
each of these three that I have mentioned shall have a full provilage
of sitting their corn or hay where formely it and to stand without any
interruption by any.
And lastly I order that my son William McMurray, SamL Murray and William
wear to be my whole and sole executrs of this my last will and testament,
breaking all will or wills only this my last will and testament "_
_ _ _ _ _ _ " I have set my hand and seal the day and year first within
Signed sealed and published and dulivred in the presents of us -
I bequeath to my daughter Eliza four pounds, ten shillings and five
pence half penny sterling.