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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Cullen


Will of James Cullen
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 191-192 probate year 1855

This will is also recorded, with the margin comments, in volume 8 pages 196-198 - the will index says it was probated in 1904, and the margin comments say it was probated in 1907.

In re
     James Cullen      deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I James Cullen of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Shop-keeper do make the following as my last will and testament.
First, I will and desire that my executors shall out of my assets pay all just debts due by me.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my three daughters Sarah, Mary and Catherine Cullen, my three houses and the ground thereunder and thereto belonging in Queen Street in St. John's to have and to hold to them and their assigns for ever together with ten shares in the Saint John's Gas Company to take and hold the same share and share alike free of the control of any husband or husbands they shall at any time marry.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son William Cullen and to his heirs and assigns the lands and houses belonging to me on the Barrens in St. John's.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my three sons James, John and Matthew Cullen and to their heirs and assigns all the other landed property belonging to me namely the house in which I live and the ground thereto belonging and the house and land at River Head in St. John's To have and to hold to them as tenants in common and not as joint tenants share and share alike the said land and premises to be held in trust for them by my executors hereinafter named until they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years.
Fifthly, I will and bequeath all my stock in trade and cash and household effects to my beloved wife Mary Cullen and my son William Cullen to carry on the trade as hitherto for the support and maintenance of my said wife three sons, namely, James, John and Matthew, and my said three daughters until such time as they shall marry or be otherwise provided for.
Sixthly, I will and bequeath that in the event of my said wife Mary Cullen getting married again she shall have and take from my said executors out of the stock in trade belonging to my estate, the sum of thirty pounds currency per annum during her natural life.     Lastly, I do hereby appoint John Little and Philip F. Little of St. John's, Barristers-at-law my executors to see this my will carried into effect and I do hereby revoke all former and other wills made by me.     Dated at St. John's this eleventh day of November A.D. 1854.
Jas. Cullen (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared as the last will and testament of James Cullen in presence of Edward Kielley, Samuel Carson.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed 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 (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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