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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Cronin


Will of John Cronin
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 485 & 486 probate year 1846

In re
      John Cronin       deceased.

In the name of God, Amen. I John Cronin being sick of body but of perfect memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament. It is my desire that my body be decently interred and my lawful debts paid I will and bequeath to my sister Elinor Cronin alias Condon the one half of what money I am worth after paying the above expenses and if she should be dead it is my will and desire that the foregoing bequest should be given to her daughter Honora Condon     I will & bequeath the sum of three pounds currency to the R.C. Cathedral     To the Revd. Mr. O'Donnell I give the sum of twenty shillings curry the sum of three pounds currency I give and bequeath to the poor which is to be given to them by my executor who is also to give all my wearing apparel to the poor and what will remain after paying the above bequests it is my will and desire it should be paid to the Catholic clergyman of this place for the celebration of Masses for my soul. I ordain and appoint Dennis Sullivan Executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other wills made by me.
Signed sealed published and declared this second day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six, having been first read over & explained John his x mark Cronin (LS) in the presence of P. Brazil,     William Brazil,     James Walsh
Inventory of property, Rennie Stuart & Co. have on their books the sum of seventy pounds curry due J. Cronin. Hunters & Co. owes him two pounds fourteen shillings. Five pounds in cash in his J. Cronin's box. 1 Feather bed pillow & bed clothes. My sister lives in Afahan near Cappoquin County Waterford.

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 (April 26, 2003)

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