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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Rev. Andrew Cleary


Will of Rev. Andrew Cleary
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 173, the will index lists the probate year 1830, but it would more likely be 1834.

In re
     Rev. Andrew Cleary       deceased.

Great Placentia Newfdland 4th July 1829. In the Name of God Amen. I Andrew Cleary Parish Priest of Placentia being sick of body but of sound mind and understanding do leave this as my last will and testament
I first bequeath my soul to God, my body to rottenness and worms,
Secondly I bequeath to my dearly beloved niece Mrs. Mary Murphy, alias Pardy, all my moveables and immoveables my gardens meadows household furniture beds and beding and all moveable articles under my roof of whatever description, I also bequeath to her my traveling chalice missal and one suit of vestments known to the Revd Edward Morison, I leave her also all my English books and all balance of cash due me in this Bay in any other part of Newfoundland or elsewhere,
Thirdly and lastly I bequeath to my beloved nephew the Revd Patrick Cleary the remainder of my books vestments and chalices, I bequeath also to my above mentioned niece my horse, I acknowledge all and every part of the above testament to which I attach my name and seal. Andrew Cleary. (Seal)
Witnessed by   Edward Morison.    Philip Murphy.   John O'Donnell.
N.B. I appoint the Revd Edward Morison and Laurence Murphy my executors.
N.B. I bequeath all and every thing heretofore mentioned to my beloved niece in such a manner that the creditors of Laurence Murphy her husband shall have no claim to them. Andrew Cleary.
Witnessed by    Edward Morison.   Philip Murphy.   John O'Donnell.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 17, 2003)

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