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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Elizabeth Berney
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 107 to 110 probate year 1913
In re Elizabeth Berney deceased.
In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Berney of St. John's wife of Michael Berney do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.
- First I will and direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid.
- Secondly I give devise and bequeath the following annuities which I direct my executors hereinafter named to pay yearly out of the income arising from my property namely -
to the Roman Catholic bishop of st. John's the sum of sixty dollars ($60.00) a year for the celebration of masses for the repose of the souls of my father mother brothers sisters husband and myself. -
also to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's the sum of forty dollars ($40.00) for the celebration of masses for the repose of my own soul and that of my husband the said Michael Berney -
To St. Michaels convent Belvidere the sum of twenty dollars ($20.00) for the celebration of masses at the privileged altar in the convent for the repose of the souls of my father mother brothers sisters husband and myself.
To the Rev. Henry Renouf the sum of twenty five dollars ($25.00) a year for the celebration of masses for the repose of the souls in purgatory.
To the Gentlemans St. Vincent de Paul Society the sum of twenty dollars a year
To the Ladies St. Vincent de Pauls Society the sum of ten dollars a year
To the order of Mercy Nuns Military Road St. John's the sum of forty dollars ($40.00) a year to keep the sick poor of St. John's.
to the Christian Brothers of Mount St. Francis St. John's the sum of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) a year to be paid to them
To the children of the late William Renouf of New York United States of America the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120.00) a year to be divided amongst them in equal shares the share of any deceased child or children to go to the survivor or survivors and after the death of the last survivor the said sums to be paid to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's for the time being for the celebration of masses for the repose of the souls of my father mother brothers sisters husband and myself
- Thirdly I give devise and bequeath the following sums of money to be paid by my executors as soon as possible after the death of my husband Michael Berney and should my said husband predecease me then as soon as possible after my death namely
to St. Michaels Convent Belvedere the sum of ($100.00) one hundred dollars for the support of the orphanage -
to the Industrial School at St. John's under the management of the Christian Brothers the sum of ($100.00) one hundred dollars -
to the Rev. P. M. Barrell D.D. or his successor of Basel Switzerland the sum of ($100.00) one hundred dollars to be disposed of by him as follows: - fifty dollars ($50.00) for the celebration of masses for the repose of the souls of my father mother brothers sisters husband and myself and ($50.00) fifty dollars for the use and benefit of his Bethlehem Apostolic School.
To the Rev. James J. Dougherty or his successor the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the benefit of St. Josephs Union New York United States of America
- Fourthly all the rest residue and remainder of my lands, property goods moneys and effects I give devise and bequeath to my husband Michael Berney during his lifetime and after his death I give devise and bequeath all the said rest residue and remainder of my land property goods moneys and effects to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's for the time being for the education of a priest for the Diocese of St. John's and any balance remaining after providing for the education of such priest to the said Bishop for charitable purposes within the Diocese of St. John's
- Fifthly I nominate constitute and appoint my said husband Michael Berney and the Right Reverend Michael Francis Howley D.D. or his successor as Bishop of St. John's to be the executors of this my last will and testament and I do further will and direct that my said husband Michael Berney be empowered by will or other writing to name and constitute some secular gentleman to act as joint trustee with the Bishop of St. John's to carry out the provisions of this my will after the death of him my said husband and always thereafter a secular gentleman to be appointed by the Court act as joint trustee with the Bishop St. John's for said purpose.
- Lastly. I do hereby revoke annul and declare void all former and other wills made by me
Dated at St. John's this 6th day of April A.D. 1898 - Elizabeth Berney -
Signed by the said testatrix as her last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses "the word father" having been first interlined on lines 13 & 21 of page one and line 10 of page two and the words "and always thereafter a secular gentleman to be appointed by the Court act as joint trustee with the Bishop of Saint John's for said purpose" on line 21 of page three hereof R. B. Fleming James M. Kent.
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
to Rt. Rev.
M. F. Howley
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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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