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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Ann Cullen


Will of Mary Ann Cullen
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 461-462 probate year 1863

In re
Mary Ann Cullen deceased.

This is the last will of me Mary Ann Cullen of Saint John’s Widow.    I give and bequeath and devise to my executors hereinafter named and their heirs all my landed and personal property estate and effects whatsoever upon the following trusts that is to say-

Upon the trust in the first place to pay apply and appropriate the lot of land at River head immediately west of the house I now live in and having a front on Water Street of forty eight feet and the annual rents issues and profits thereof to the sole use benefit and behoof of the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy in this town, Provided that my said executors shall not permit any erection to be placed on the said land within the distance of four feet of the house I live in without the consent of the owner of such house-

Upon the trust in the second place to apply and appropriate the lot of land adjoining that above devised on the east on which stands the house I now live in with the land in the rear thereof to such uses ends and purposes as my friend Mary Morrissey may direct and appoint for her sole use and benefit during the term of her natural life but subject to the following conditions which my executors are to see performed that is to say to the annual payment to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Saint John’s for the use of the poor of the sum of four pounds currency and the annual payment of the sum of eight pounds currency for Masses for myself and my deceased daughter and upon the further condition that should my said daughter supposed to be deceased be found to be alive and return to Saint John’s within the term of seven years from the time of her supposed loss then the said land and premises discharged from such payments as above mentioned shall become and be her sole property and estate but should she be found to be alive and return to Saint John’s after the said term of seven years then the said land and premises are to continue the property of the said Mary Morrissey during her life but instead of being subject to the annual payments aforesaid the said Mary Morrissey shall be bound to provide my said daughter with a comfortable home for the remainder of her life-    After Mary Morrissey’s decease the rents and profits of the said lands and premises devised to her are to be applied one half thereof to the said Society of Saint Vincent de Paul for the use of the poor and the other half for Masses as I have before directed.

Upon the trust in the third place with respect to my personal effects which are not herein specifically bequeathed to dispose of the same to such persons and in such manner as I may direct by any memorandum or letter directed by me to my said executors-     I nominate and appoint my friends Richard Murphy of Patrick Street Dealer and John Eagan of Water Street Dealer to be executors of this my will.    Mary Ann Cullen (LS)     Signed sealed published and declared by the said Mary Cullen as and for her last will and testament in presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses this twelfth day of February A.D. 1862, Robt. J. Kent, William O. Wood.

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 or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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