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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Margaret Collins



Will of Margaret Collins
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 187 probate year 1918

In re Margaret Collins       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me, Margaret Collins, of St. John's, in the Island of Newfoundland, Spinster. I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made, and declare this to be my last will and testament. I desire that my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, be first paid out of my estate.

  1. I give and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named the sum of $100.00 to be expended of her for masses for the repose of my soul.
  2. I give and bequeath to the St. Vincent de Paul Society the sum of $100.00
  3. I give and bequeath to the Mother Superior of the Mercy Convent, Military Road, for the purposes of the Institution the sum of $100.00
  4. I give and bequeath the residue of my estate of whatsoever description and wheresoever situate to my sister Cecelia Flannery, absolutely. If my said Sister shall predecease me I devise that her share shall go to my sister Anne Joseph Collins absolutely. If both my said sisters shall predecease me I desire that the whole of my said estate shall go to my niece Mary Flannery, absolutely.
  5. Should both my said sisters and my niece Mary Flannery, predecease me I desire that the residue of my estate shall go to the Roman Catholic Church
  6. I appoint my sister, Cecelia Flannery, sole executor of this my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland this seventeenth day of November A.D. 1917. Margaret Collins. Signed by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who, in the presence of the said testatrix and in the presence of each other, hereunto subscribe our names as Witnesses Jean G. Miller, J.A. Winter.

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Sept 25/18
Johnson J
Oct 8/18
granted to



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: October 12, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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