Will of Catherine Byrne
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 406- 407
probate year 1861
Catherine Byrne deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Catherine Byrne of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow, of the late Matthew
Byrne deceased, do hereby make the following as and for my last will and testament.
St. John’s the seventeenth day of January A.D. 1857. Catherine
her X mark & seal Byrne (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Catherine
Byrne as her
last will and testament in our presence on the day and year last aforesaid
all which we attest (the same being first read over to her and approved
of by her before us, John Little, Edward Roach.
I will and desire that after my death, my executor hereinafter named
shall pay all lawful debts due by me.
I give and devise all my lands, houses and premises in St. John’s
in said Island to the Reverend Kyran Walsh his executors,
administrators and assigns, in trust for ever, for the following uses
and purposes, that is to say, that he and they out of the rents, issues
and profits that shall be realised from time to time out of my dwelling
house and land in St. John’s
and in which I now reside near Fort William shall repair and keep said
dwelling house in good tenantable repair in all time to come and also
that he or they shall keep said dwelling house insured in some approved
Fire Insurance office in a sum not less than three hundred pounds currency
a year from time to time And also out of said rents issues and profits
to pay all assessments and charges that may accrue due from year to year
in respect of said house land and premises and thereafter appropriate
and pay the residue of such rents issues and profits of said house land
tenements and premises to His
Lordship the Rt. Rev. Doctor Mullock Catholic Bishop of St. John’s
from year to year during his lifetime and Episcopal charge of the Diocese
of St. John’s in the said Island,
and to his successors in said Diocese in all time to come for him and
them from year to year in perpetuity, to have and cause to be celebrated
two High Masses in each and every year for the good of the soul of my deceased
husband Mathew Byrne and for the good of my soul- And should there be any balance of said rents issues and profits thereafter,
remaining in the hands of my said trustee his executors or administrators
from year to year that he or they shall pay and apply such balance from
year to year to and for Masses for the good of the souls of my deceased
parents, Patrick Nowlan and Ann Nowlan in perpetuity.
I give and bequeath the sum of five pounds currency to each and every
of the Roman Catholic Clergyman that shall be residing and officiating
as such in St. John’s in said Island at the time of my death.
And as to the rest residue and remainder of all my other lands, tenements,
goods, chattels, monies, and effects that shall belong to me at my decease,
and wheresoever situate and being, I give and bequeath the same to my
said trustee his executors and administrators in trust for him or them
to divide the same into three equal parts and to pay and apply the same
and the proceeds thereof from time to time and year to year in equal proportions
towards the support of the Nuns in the Presentation Convent near the Catholic
Cathedral in St. John’s and the Nuns in the Convent at River Head
and of the Nuns in the Convent of Mercy near said Cathedral.
I solemnly enjoin my said Trustee and executor and his executors, administrators
and assigns that neither he nor they nor any one for them shall at any
time sell or mortgage my said dwelling house and land.
I do hereby revoke all former wills and codicils made by me.
- I do hereby appoint the said Reverend Kyran Walsh trustee and executor
of this my last will and testament.
D. M. Browning