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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Ann Ashbourne


Will of Mary Ann Ashbourne
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 445-446 probate year 1923

In re

This is the last will and testament of me Mary Ann Ashbourne of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Widow.
FIRST: I direct that my Executor hereinafter named will first pay my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses.
SECONDLY:    I devise and bequeath unto my adopted daughter Fanny Churchill wife of John Churchill for the term of her natural life all my property of every description whatsoever and wheresoever situate.
THIRDLY:    I devise and bequeath unto Mary Josephine Ashbourne Churchill daughter of my adopted daughter Fanny Churchill for the term of her natural life all the property comprised in the second bequest herein but subject to the life interest of the said Fanny Churchill therein.
FOURTHLY:    I devise and bequeath absolutely unto the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s all the property comprised in the second bequest herein but subject to the life interest of the said Fanny Churchill and Mary Josephine Ashbourne Churchill therein.
FIFTHLY:    I hereby appoint Fanny Churchill executrix of this my last will and testament.
SIXTHLY:    I hereby revoke all testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me.

In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed at St. John’s aforesaid this 10th day of August A.D. 1908.    MARY ANN her X mark ASHBOURNE

Signed by the said Testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the word “Fifthly” on line 25 having been first inserted the same having been first read over and explained.
John J. McCarthy.     T.J. Burton.

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 9/23
Horwood. CJ.
Probate granted
to Fanny
October 5/23.
Estate sworn
at $500.00



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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