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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of James Collins
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 357 probate year 1923
In re JAMES COLLINS. DECEASED.
In the name of God Amen This is the last Will and Testament of me James Collins of Placentia Bank Manager.
I appoint Wm. F. O'Reilly Stipendiary Magistrate Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
I will the sum of Twenty dollars that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass be celebrated Twenty times for the repose of the souls of my wife and my self.
I will that all my debts and funeral expenses including a headstone be paid immediately after my death.
I will devise and bequeath to my nephew Albert J. Ryan my half of the dwelling house known as Beach Cottage also the ground on which it is situated and the land attached which means the Wood Yard the land on the North Side of the house and one half the front garden.
I will devise and bequeath the balance of my money to Teresa Ryan, Maud Ryan, Kate Barron, Minnie Keiley, Maria Dunphy, Margaret Keiley and Constance Keiley share and share alike.
Signed published and declared at Placentia this 7th day of October A. D. 1922 in the presence of the witnesses. JAMES COLLINS.
Signed by the Testator and acknowledged by him to be his last Will and Testament in our presence who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other we have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Ernest J. Collins. Edward Collins.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 24/23
Horwood C. J.
to William F.
|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.
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