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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Brennan


Will of Thomas Brennan
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 226 probate year 1857

In re
     Thomas Brennan      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, Dated the twenty first September 1855 I Thomas Brennan of st. John's dealer being at present very sick and therefore calling to mind my mortality do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, first and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and as touching my worldly estate I give devise and bequeath the same as follows, I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine the sum of fifty pounds currency, to my daughter Mary fifty pounds currency, to my sons James and Edward the sum of fifty pounds to each of them (curry) I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Brennan all the residue or remainder of my money debits and also all my land messuages tenements hereditaments and premises and also all my moveable property and household furniture and effects to have and to hold all and singular the said lands and hereditaments and effects to the use and behoof of my said wife Mary.     And I nominate James Farrell and Peter Neville executors to this my last will and testament and I revoke and declare all other wills legacies and bequests heretofore made by me to be null and void. Thomas his X mark Brennan (LS)
Signed with the mark of the said testator in our presence the same being dictated by him and distinctly read over and explained, Hy Devereux, Not. Pub. Thomas Woods, Bridget Ryan-

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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