Will of William J. Browne
from Newfoundland will books volume 9 pages 303-304
probate year 1911
William J. Browne deceased.
This is the last will and Testament
of me, William J. Browne, Priest of the diocese of St. George’s
Newfoundland and Pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in the said diocese.
1. I give my soul to God and my body to be decently buried according
to the Rite of the Holy Catholic Church.
2. I give and bequeath
to William L. Norris, the house No. 41 Hayward Avenue in St. John’s,
Newfoundland with its furniture and appurtenances on condition that if
either of his brothers Edward M. J. Norris and James
Norris, should need
it they must always find a shelter in said house. I give also to said William
L. Norris, my interest in the ground on which
said house stands: that is to say: the unexpired term of my lease of
nine hundred and ninety nine years.
3. I appoint Vincent P.
Burke of St. John’s Newfoundland the Executor of this
instrument, and I request him to procure, as soon as Possible after my
death, the celebration of three hundred masses for the repose of my soul,
and to pay three hundred dollars to the celebrants of said Masses and
to distribute one hundred dollars in well directed charity, and to pay
my funeral expenses, which I desire to be barely what cannot be avoided.
4. I am not aware that I owe any money, but, if it be shown that I do
I request my executor to pay the same without unnecessary delay
estate consists of the property No 41 Hayward Avenue in St. John’s,
Newfoundland, together with the cash and other property found belonging
to me in the Priest’s House Searston Newfoundland. The furniture
in said Priest’s House at Searston, belonging to me I give to my
nephew Edward M. J. Norris above named together with
In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my last will
and Testament the 31st day of July in the year of Our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and eleven. William
J. Browne Signed by the above named William J Browne as
his last will and Testament in the presence of us, both being present
at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other,
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. D.
Summers J. J. Warren
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)