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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Ellen Callanan


Will of Ellen Callanan
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 3 to 5 probate year 1913

In re Ellen Callanan.      deceased.

In the name of God. Amen This is the last will and testament of me, Ellen Callanan, of St. John's. widow of the late James Callahan.

  1. It is my will and desire that my executors, hereinafter appointed shall see that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses are first paid.
  2. I will, devise and bequeath to my sons, James Callahan and Frederick Callahan my dwelling house, in which I now reside, shop and premises, together with the land in the rear and the store thereon and also that piece of land with store and building thereon situate immediately to the west of my said dwelling house, which land was purchased and the store erected thereon by my son the late John Callahan: but the fore mentioned bequest is subject to the express condition that my said sons, James and Frederick will pay over to my executors after my death, the sum of two thousand six hundred dollars ($2,600) which said sum I hereby will and direct shall be paid my executors as follows, that is to say, to my daughter, Minnie, wife of William Mackay, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000), to my daughter, Alice, wife of John Boggan, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) and to my daughter Bessie, wife of Charles Ellis, the sum of six hundred dollars ($600), and these bequests to my said daughters shall be free and clear of all claim or control by any of their said husbands.
  3. I also will to my said sons, James and Frederick, the sum of two thousand dollars ($2,000) being the amount of life insurance left me by my late son, John and now deposited to my credit in the Bank of Montreal, as a security for any advance, giving my said sons in the present conduct of their business.
  4. I also bequeath to my said son, James Callahan all that piece of parcel of land situate near Mogridges(?) On Henry Tree Road, containing about sixteen acres, which has come to me through my late father's estate.
  5. I also give, and bequeath to my son Frederick, all that piece of land purchased from Thomas W. Spry by my late husband, situate at the junction of Topsail and Kenmount Roads.
  6. It is my will and desire that my daughter, Alice, shall have the right to hold, use and occupy one front room on the third flat of my said dwelling house, the said room to be designated by her and if at any time my said sons vacate or decide to lease or sell the said dwelling house, then and in such case they shall give to my said daughter, Alice, reasonable compensation for depriving her of the use and occupation of the said room.
  7. I hereby nominate and appoint my friend F. J. Morris, of St. John's, King's Counsel, and my said son, James Callahan, executors of this my last will and testament. I hereby revoke all other or former wills that may have been made by me.

In testimony thereon I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's this 29th day of May A.D. 1912. - Ellen her X mark Callahan -
Signed by the said Testatrix as and for her last will and testament in our presence, who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto our names subscribed as witnesses having been first read over and explained to the Testatrix and approved of by her. M.W. Bambrick    F.J. Morris

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Feb 27/13
C. J.
Mar 4/13
granted to
F.J. Morris &
Jas. P. Callahan
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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 11, 2002

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