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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Burke


Volume 5
Folio 11

Will of Patrick Burke
Died February 13, 1884
Probated 1884

Saint Jacques
February 8 th, 1884

I, Patrick Burke, of St. Jacques, Fortune Bay, being at this time in sound mind, will and bequest to my wife Julia Burke the sum of money I have lying in the savings Bank $2,925.44, twenty nine hundred and twenty five dollars, 44/100 in A.D. 1881 with interest of said sum yearly as long as it will remain in the said Bank.

I will and bequeath also to my sons – Patrick, William, John and Ambrose and to my daughter Susanna the sum of two hundred pounds each.

I have also one hundred and twenty pounds in Steam Boat Shares which I will and bequeath to my four sons viz Patrick, William, John and Ambrose.

I will and bequeath also to my sons, Patrick, William, John and Ambrose my share of the business, property and money of the firm of Burke Brothers.

I will my house and furniture to my wife, Julia Burke, to do with as she pleases. To this I sign my hand this the 8 th day of February, 1884, Patrick X (This Mark) Bur ke


J. Whelan
John J. Burke



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.

Transcribed and Contributed by Paul Burke (May 2005)

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

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