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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Oliver Curran


Will of Oliver Curran
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 575 & 576 probate year 1849

In re
     Oliver Curran       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Oliver Curran of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Farmer, being sick and weak of bodily health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz. First of all I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be entered in a decent and Christian like manner and all my just and lawful debts to be paid. I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine Curran all my interest in the new dwelling house lately erected by me and situated on the Marsh Hill in Saint John's aforesaid during her lifetime and after her decease to fall to Bridget Kehoe my youngest daughter her heirs executors and assigns during my term thereof. I also will and bequeath to my wife Catherine Curran all my interest in a dwelling house and garden situated opposite Fort William for her to enjoy same during her lifetime and prior to her death to dispose of it as she thinks proper. I also will and bequeath to my wife Catherine Curren my farm situated at the White Hills near St. John's with stock cattle &c. for her to use same as she thinks proper during her life time and to set let or sell same should she think it advisable but if sold the one third of the proceeds is to be paid over to my eldest daughter Mary Hewson but if not sold the said Mary Hewson is to be entitled to one third of the said land during her lifetime and after her decease to devolve and become the property of Bridget Kehoe my youngest daughter her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever. I also will and bequeath to my wife Catherine Curren all my household furniture &c. in my house on the Marsh hill for her to dispose of same at her death as she thinks proper. I also will and bequeath to my daughter Bridget Kehoe two thirds of the said farm at the White Hills after the decease of my wife Catherine for her and heirs to enjoy the same for ever. I also nominate and appoint Mr. William Doyle of Saint John's and Mr. John Kinsella of said place to be my executors to see this my last will and testament executed.
In witness whereof I the said testator have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John's Newfoundland this fifth day of April A. Domino 1848. Oliver Curren (LS) in presence of James Hackett.     Michl his x mark Ellcott.     Tim'y O'Keeffe-

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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