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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Edmund Burke
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 589 & 590 probate year 1850. (This name is spelled Burke and Burk in the will and Burke in the will index.)
Edmund Burke deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I Edmund Burke of Brigus in Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say,
First I give devise and bequeath unto my son James Burk all the land now in his possession and half the garden at John Noel's Hill on the Western side and lying in Brigus aforesaid for and during the term of his natural life for his own use and benefit and from and immediately after his decease I give devise and bequeath the said piece or lots of land to my grandsons Edmund Burk and James Burk their heirs and assigns for ever.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my grandsons William Burk Philip Burk and Patrick Burk one half of all the land now in my occupancy situate and lying Brigus aforesaid to their heirs and and assigns for ever.
Also I give devise and bequeath to my son Edmund Burk one half of all the land now in my occupancy together with the dwelling house and out houses thereon and all the furniture belonging the dwelling house for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease I give devise and bequeath the said land dwelling house out houses and furniture to the male heirs of his body lawfully begotten their heirs and assigns for ever and in the event of my son Edmund Burk dying without issue as aforesaid I give devise and bequeath the said land dwelling house and out house to my grandsons William Burk, Philip Burk and Patrick Burk their heirs and assigns for ever.
Also it is my will and desire and I wish it to be particularly understood that my dear wife Sarah Burk shall be supported and maintained by my sons William Burk and Edmund Burk in the same comfortable manner in which she has been supported hitherto by me until her death.
I give devise and bequeath unto my sons William Burk and Edmund Burk my horse all that to him belongs
I do hereby make and ordain constitute and appoint my trusty and well beloved friends Patrick Bryan and Laurence Roche both of Brigus Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made
in witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed by hand and seal. Edmund his x mark Burk (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Edmund Burk as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. James Power. James Whitney. Dated at Brigus 9th day Decr in the Norther District Newfoundland.
D. M. Browning
|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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 13, 2003)
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