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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Edward Colley



Will of Edward Colley
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 425 & 426 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of Edward Colley       deceased

In the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost Amen I Edward Colley Priest missionary D.P.C.(?) Incumbent of St. John the Evangelist Church, Topsail and Rural Dean of Avalon in the Island of Newfoundland being in health & mind and body thanks be to God do make this my last will and Testament.

  1. I give and bequeath unto my two youngest daughters viz Mary Ann Desima(?) Colley and Fanny Sophia Pinsent the sum of money which may be realized from the Policy on my life, in the Standard Life assurance Co. and a disbursement of $400.00 of the government of the Colony, held for safe keeping by the Bank of Montreal St. John's, to be equally divided among them share and share alike.
  2. I give and bequeath the proceeds of my home cattle &c to be equally divided between Edward Edwards Colley, Benjamin William Colley, Jane Elizabeth Glounghan(?), Emily Ethel??? Caldwell, Francis Worthington Colley, Jacob George Thomas Colley, Reginald Richard Colley and Gertrude Martha Dallows Davis, my sons and daughters.
  3. I should like each of them to choose any article or picture or book they might prefer to keep in remembrance and I should like each of my grandchildren to have a book or something in remembrance     My just debts must be paid out of current income, but if not sufficient then out of the estate.
  4. I give the silver Flagon, bearing my name for the use of the church of St. John the Evangelist Topsail, at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. My M.S.S.(?) I desire to be burnt. I desire to be buried in a plain deal(?) coffin without any ornament and the funeral to be as plain and inexpensive as possible and no expensive stone. I also constitute my son Francis Worthington Colley sole executor of this my last will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of December 1901. Edward Colley (LS)
signed sealed and declared in the presence of us who in his presence of each other have hereunto signed our names as witness of Edward Colley's signature     William J. Healy   Edward Hibbs

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Edward Colley.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Jan 7, 1905
Johnson J.
Probate granted
on the 18th day of
January AD 1905
to Rev. Francis
W. Colley



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, Wendy Weller and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 3, 2002

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