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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Cowney


Will of John Cowney
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 570 probate year 1849

In re
     John Cowney       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Cowney of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland being infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make declare and publish this my last will and testament hereby utterly revoking and annulling all other will or wills by me before made in name and form following to wit- First I bequeath my body to the ground awaiting in confidence the promise of a glorious resurrection and my soul to the bosom of a merciful Redeemer in the hope of a blissful eternity.
Item, for the present Cathedral I bequeath the sum of ten pounds.
Item, for the Nunnery I bequeath the sum of ten pounds.
Item to the Poor I bequeath the sum of ten pounds.
Item for the Revd Father Walsh I bequeath the sum of five pounds for Masses for my soul.
Item for the celebration of a High Mass and Office I bequeath the sum of five pounds.
Item I request that four priests and Doctor Carson & Dr. Rochfort will attend my funeral.
Item to James Galavan I bequeath the amount of his expenses.
Item to John Moore my nephew of Harbour Grace I bequeath the sum of ten pounds.
Item to Johanna Keefe I bequeath my bed and bedding.
Item to Daniel Galavan I bequeath my watch.
Item to James Galavan I bequeath a coat waistcott and trousers and two white shirts.
Item to Daniel and Michael Keefe I bequeath the rest of my clothes.
And in case any money is left I bequeath to Patrick Keefe the sum of two pounds and for which Mr. Byrne shall buy clothes for the said Patrick Keefe.
Given under my hand and seal this eighteen day of September in the year of our Redemption one thousand eight hundred and forty eight. John his X mark Cowney (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us James Byrne,     Maurice O'Brien.
Item I bequeath that James Byrne will have the management of the money according to the will.

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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 13, 2003)

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