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V. 7, P. 402
In the Probate Court Saint John's Newfoundland.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Joseph H. Costello of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Accountant, being very sick and weak in body, but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mine the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul unto the hands of the Almighty God that gave it and my body recommends to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, not doubting at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. A balance to me on the books of Mr. James Melledge of about eighty pounds, Messrs. John & Robert Brine are indebted to me about one hundred pounds for which they have engaged to send for me, forty barrels States flour, I wish that all my wearing apparel of every description to be sold. After the aforesaid monies are collected, I wish my executor to attend to the following disposal of it, my just and lawful debts to be first paid and discharged after which the following bequests to be made as soon as convenient. Eighty pounds to be given my first cousin Mary Costello alias Lambert, the wife of Doctor Lambert of Harbour Grace. Ten pounds stg. to the Reverend Philip Larrisey. Ten pounds stg. for pious purposes for the repose of my immortal soul. Five pounds stg. to the Benevolent Irish Society, and the remainder of my property to be given to the poor of this town. My portable desk to be given Mr. Daniel Tracey. The one third of a pew in the Catholic Chapel in Company with Henry Shea, I bequeath to the said Henry Shea & his children. I do hereby constitute and appoint Mr. William Cheevers, Executor to this my last will & Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named, willed, and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this twenty-third day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
Signed, sealed & delivered where no stamp paper is used in presence of
The erasure in the eighty pounds as the balance due to me on the books of Mr. James Melledge was made before the signing of this will & testament
St. John's to Wit Probate Court Newfoundland You shall swear that you believe the within instrument of writing signed "Joseph H. Costello" to be the last will & testament of Joseph Henry Costello of Saint John's Newfoundland Accountant deceased. And that you will well and truly administered the same & pay all the debts & Legacies of the said deceased, so far as his Goods will extend and the Law shall bind you, and that you will make a return of your Administration into the Registry of this court when you shall be lawfully called thereto.
Sworn at Saint John's aforesaid this 23rd day of August 1817 before me
stg. = sterling
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