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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Connel


Will of Thomas Connel
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 95 & 96 probate year 1830.

In the Estate of
     Thomas Connel       deceased.

In the Name of God Amen, I Thomas Connel of the town of Saint Johns in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind 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 give and recommend my Soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty 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 viz.
First I desire and request that all my just and lawful debts be paid and discharged as soon after my interment as my trusty executors may think just and prudint.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto Anastatia my loving wife all and singular my property moveable and immoveable such as vessels xxx boats fishing craft and all my property on the Labrador as also all rents arising from the premises I now occupy here, and her my said loving wife Anastatia I hereby nominate constitute and appoint to be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament confiding in her to act fair and just with my said estate.
I also give and bequeath unto my officiating clergy the Revd Father Hearn the sum of Five pounds to be paid him after my interment And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills 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 and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty 1830. Thomas his x mark Connel (LS)
Witness to his mark Wm. Mahon.
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Connel as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. Patrick Doyle.   Patrick Murphy.

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 (November 21, 2002)

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