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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Denis Brennan


Part 1

Will of Denis Brennan
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 page 398 probate year 1898

Last will and Testament of
Denis Brennan of Kilbride St. John’s
Farmer deceased

      In the name of God Amen
I Denis Brennan of Kilbride being weak in body but in a sound state of mind and memory do here make this my last will and testament. To my Grand-nephew Stephen Brennan I give and bequeath all the land in my possession consisting of eighteen acres and which is situated on the Bay Bulls Road. To the said Stephen Brennan I give and bequeath the sum of Two hundred and forty dollars ($240). To my niece Catherine Densmore I bequeath the sum of twenty dollars ($20) to be paid her out of said ($240). To this my last will I here set my hand and seal on this fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight. (Sgd) Denis his X mark Brennan (LS) Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of us witnesses (sgd) William Sinnott. (Sgd) John Murphy. (Sgd) Francis his X mark Densmore.

      I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Denis Brennan deceased

D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
admn cta
S. Brennan
July 9: 1898
sworn under

Part 2 - This section along with a copy of the will above was contributed by Jeanette Squires & transcribed by Catherine Figuary-Zwicker


Estate of Denis Brennan
Late of Kilbride, St. John's
In the Central District

Admin. Granted to Stephen Brennan
Of Kilbride
In the Central District

Dated 9th July 1898

Sureties William Sinnott
Patk Aylwoods

Estate sworn under $550

Several names written at botton of cover page - not easily read
Geo. H. Morison
Donald Morison

Volume 5 Folio 222

To the Honourable the supreme Court or one of the Honourable Judges thereof.

The Petitions of Stephen Brennan of Saint John's and Kilbride, the island of Newfoundland humbly sheweth as follows that Denis Brennan late of Kilbride former died at the above place on Thursday, the 16th of June last having previously made his last Will and testament which is hereto annexed ?? upon the oath of William Sinnott, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto.

That at the time of his death the said deceased was possessed of property within the jurisdiction of this honorable court of the probable value of five hundred dollars. That under the said will your petitioner with the exception of one small bequest is sole ??? of all the property and monies left by said deceased.

That said deceased was never married and resided with the petitioner for the past eight years.

That under the said will no executor was appointed.

Petitioner therefore prays that administration to the estate of said deceased be granted to him and as is duly bound he will ever pray.

Dated at Saint John's this 22nd day of June A.D. 1898.

Signed Stephen Brennan.


St. John's.

I Stephen Brennan, the petitioner named in the ??? petitions make oath and sayeth that the several matters ???? set forth and correct and the latter best of this ??? knowledge and belief.

Saint John's this
22nd day of June
AD 1898

Signed Stephen Brennan


This is his last will & testament refeerenced in the annexed affidavit of William Sinnott ??? (The will is posted above)


In the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.


St. John's

To Wit: I Stephen Brennan of Kilbride, Farmer do swear that I believe that Denis Brennan, late of Kilbride in the Central District, Farmer deceased died with _____ a Will; and that I will well and truly administer all and every the Goods of the said deceased, and pay his Debts so far as his Goods will extend and the law shall bind me; and that I will exhibit a true, full and perfect inventory of the said Goods of the deceased, and render a true account of my Administration into the Registry of the said Court, within Six months after the date hereof, or when I shall be thereunto lawfully required; and that the whole of the goods, rights, chattels, assets, credits and effects of the said deceased, of which he died possessed, within the jurisdiction of this Court, do not, according to the best of my knowledge, judgment and belief, amount to the value of five hundred and fifty dollars.

So help me God.

Signed by Stephen Brennan

Sworn before me at St. John's
this 27th day of
June A.D. 1898

W. Nanole (??)

Commissioner of Affidavits,
Supreme Court



Part 1 - Contributed by Sheila Tiberio, Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Part 2 - Contributed by Jeanette Squires & transcribed by Catherine Figuary-Zwicker

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

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