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Will of James Brennan
In the Supreme Court
OATH OF EXECUTOR
Probate granted to The Eastern Trust Co.
Value of Estate $39,851.22
TO THE HONOURABLE THE SUPREME COURT OF NEWFOUNDLAND OR ONE OF THE HONOURABLE THE JUDGES THEREOF.
THE PETITION of the Eastern Trust Company, of St. John's, by its Solicitors CONROY, BRADSHAW & CONROY
HUMBLY SHEWETH that: -
Your petitioner, therefore, prays that this Honourable Court or Your Lordship may be pleased to grant to it Letters of Probate to the said last will and testament of the said deceased.
AND, as in the duty bound, will ever pray, etc. etc.
Dated the 10th day of October, 1935
Controy, Bradshaw and Conroy
This is the paper wirting marked A referred to in the affidavit of Charles O'Neill Conroy
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me, James Brennan, of Saint John 's in the Island of Newfoundland, Retired Blacksmith. I revoke all former Wills by me at any time made, and I appoint the Eastern Trust Company the Executor of this my Will. I give and bequeath to my brothers Patrick and Edward the sum of One hundred dollars each, to His Grace Archbishop Roche Two hundred dollars, to the Belvidere Orphanage Fifty dollars, and to the Right Reverend Monsignor McDermott, the Right Reverend Monsignor Kitchin, Reverend P.P. Sheehan and Reverend R.A. St. John the sum of Fifty dollars each. I direct my Executor to expend the sum of One Hundred dollars upon Low Masses for the repose of the souls of my father William, my mother Catherine and my brother John, and the sum of Three hundred dollars upon Low Masses for the repose of the souls of myself and my deceased wife Bridget. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Raynes the dwelling Number 112 New Gower Street in which she lives, and also the house in the rear thereof, numbers 25-27 Duggan Street. I give and bequeath to my Executor the sum of Ten thousand dollars upon trust to invest the same and to pay out of the income thereof (with power to encroach upon the capital if necessary) a sum equal to Five hundred dollars per annum to my said daughter Catherine during her life, by such instalments, monthly, quarterly or otherwise, as my Executor shall think fit, and upon the death of my said daughter Catherine then upon trust to pay and apply the residue of this fund as she shall by deed or will appoint, and in default of or subject to such my said daughter, in equal shares if more than one, children of deceased children taking their parent's share, but if there shall be no such child or grandchild surviving then the said residue shall fall into the general residue of my estate. I give and bequeath to my Executor the sum of Ten thousand dollars in trust for my said daughter Mary Evans upon identical trusts in all respects as those hereinbefore declared respecting the share of my daughter Catherine Raynes, ALL the rest, residue and remainder of my estate I give and bequeath to my son William P. Brennan. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto subscribed my hand at Saint John's aforesaid this eighteenth day of January, 1926.
SIGNED, PUBLISHED and DECLARED by the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request here unto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof:
Chas. O'Neill Conroy
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.
Contributed by Jeanette Squires & transcribed by Catherine Figuary-Zwicker
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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