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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(C)
Sarah Connor

 

Will of Sarah Connor
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 361 to 363 probate year 1841

In re
     Sarah Connor       deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Sarah Connor of Lawn in the Island of Newfoundland Widow. In the first place I give and bequeath a feather bed with the apparel thereunto belonging and a Cow to each of my grandchildren Sarah and Mary Ryan to be delivered them immediately after my decease I also give and bequeath the fishing room boats and all other utensils used in carrying on the Fishery now in my possession unto my dear son Peter Connor. The house in which I reside with the furniture thereto belonging I bequeath to my said son and daughter Peter and Catherine Connor equally to be divided between them share and share alike. The cattle I should possess at the time of my demise are also to be divided between my said son and daughter with the exception of six head to be deducted from my said son's share which I bequeath to my said daughter as a recompense for her trouble in keeping and taking care of them. I hereby also desire and it is my will that whatever real or personal property I may be possessed of at the time of my death (after my debts and funeral expenses are paid) is also to be divided between my said son and daughter share and share alike whether the same is vested in the funds of Great Britain or upon any other security or securities
And if it should happen my said daughter Catherine Ryan should marry and a child or children be begotten of her body then I hereby direct in case the said Catherine Connor should die in the lifetime of her child or children the property hereby bequeathed is equally to be divided between or amongst them if more than one and if but one than the whole to such one and to belong to and be an interest vested in such child or children being sons or daughters at his her or their respective ages of twenty one years, but if the said Catherine Ryan should die without issue then the said property or her proportion thereof is to be enjoyed by my said son Peter Connor Provided he the said Peter Connor should then be living and in case his death should be previous to his said sister Catherine Connor then I bequeath her proportional part to each of my grandchildren to be equally divided between them share and share alike.
And if it should further happen that the said Peter Connor's wife (Eleanor Connor) should survive him then I hereby direct the property herein bequeathed to him is to be equally divided between the said Eleanor Connor and her children lawfully begotten of my said son's body But in the event she should again marry then I desire the said moiety intended for her use under the limitation herein specified to be delivered up for the benefit of his the said Peter Connor's children.
And I also direct and it is my wish that my said grandchildren Sarah and Mary Ryan should continue to reside with my said son and daughter and be clothed and fed by them until such time as they are married Provided they the said Sarah and Mary Ryan should act with becoming behaviour and their conduct approved of by the said Catherine Connor
It is also my wish and desire that immediately after my decease they the said Peter and Catherine Connor should each make a will and appoint Trustees for the benefit of my grandchildren should they the said grandchildren survive them to carry into effect such part of my will as should or may relate to them. And lastly I do nominate and appoint my said dear children Peter and Catherine Connor executor and executrix of this my last will
In witness whereof I the said Sarah Connor have affixed my hand and seal to this my last will this eighteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty two Sarah Connor (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Sarah Connor as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto, Thomas Matterface,   Robert NanKevil.

Be it known to all men by these presents that I Sarah Connor of Lawn Harbour Newfoundland Widow have made and declared my last will and testament bearing date the eighteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty two. I the said Sarah Connor by this present codicil do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament except in the Article which I shall now mention, viz. the cattle whatever number I shall die possessed of to be equally divided between my beloved son & daughter Peter and Catherine Connor and also it is my wish (although not clearly expressed in my said will) that my beloved daughter Catherine Connor should have full possession of her half of my property as mentioned in my will and to be enabled to bequeath the same to whom she likes both during her lifetime or at the time of her decease This is my will and meaning the clause in my former will do not give the liberty proper to be enjoyed by my daughter Catherine in the disposal of her share of my property I have given the bed and furniture mentioned before to my dear grand daughter Sarah Ryan now Sarah Chapdelain but I bequeath her a Cow to be given her as soon as it can after my decease unless she gets it before. I also give and bequeath to my dear grand daughter Mary Ryan a feather bed with the apparel thereunto belonging as mentioned in my former will unless she gets it before and also a Cow. And my will and meaning is that this codicil be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and apply as if the same were so declared and set down in my said last will and testament on reading this codicil over I find I have omitted to mention that my dear daughter Cathe Connor is to have half the land and my dear son Peter Connor the other half both at Lawn and at Sandy Cove.
Witness my hand this 7th day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine. Sarah Connor (LS)
Signed in the presence of Revd. Michael Berny.   James Tarrant.    Andrew his x mark Strang.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar

 

 

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 (March 24, 2003)

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