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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Byrne



Will of John Byrne
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 54 and 55 probate year 1917)

In re John Byrne       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me John Byrne, of St. John's in the island of Newfoundland, Laborer. I revoke all former wills by me at anytime made it, and I appoint my sister Mary Joseph the executrix of this my will. I will and direct that my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid out of my estate. I give and bequeath to my brother James for his own use absolutely the upstairs portion of my dwelling-house No. 7 Wood Street, being the portion at present occupied by him. I give and bequeath to my said sister Mary Joseph the downstairs portion of the said house for her own use during her lifetime and after her death for my nephew James Byrne, son of my said brother James. I give and bequeath to my said sister for her own use absolutely all the residue of my estate including in particular my insurance in the Longshoremen's union and in the Star of the Sea Association and any money on deposit in the Savings Bank.

In witness whereof I have here unto subscribed my hand at St. John's aforesaid this fifteenth day of October A.D. 1917 John Byrne.

Signed, Published and declared by the Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, both being present at the same time who at his request and in his presence hereunto subscribe as attesting witnesses: W. J. Higgins    John Flynn

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Dec 24/17
Kent J.
Dec 24/17
to Mary
sworn at



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 7, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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