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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Michael Dea from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 71-72 probate year 1851
Michael Dea deceased.
In the name of God Amen the twenty sixth day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty nine. I Michael Dea of Freshwater in the town of Saint John's Newfoundland, Farmer, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my wife and children and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose and demise of the same in the following manner and form:
First I give and bequeath to Margaret my dearly beloved wife two acres of ground with all my household goods and effects cattle &c. &c. &c. for and during the natural term of her life and at her death to bequeath it as she thinks proper to one, or amongst her children.
To my daughter Anastatia Dea I give and bequeath one and half acres of ground.
To my daughter Elleanor Dea I give and bequeath one and a half acres of ground.
To my daughter Joanna Dea I give and bequeath one and a half acres of ground,
and to my youngest son Michael Dea I give and bequeath one and a half acres of ground under those restrictions that he cannot sell it out from the family, and the remaining two acres I leave to pay all outstanding debts that may be due on said estate at the term of my natural life
And if my wife or family concerned in this my last will and testament should pay said debts or redeem without the sale of said land it is my will and pleasure for them to distribute and dispose of it as they may deem proper.
N.B. The foregoing ten acres of ground situate in the suburbs of the town of Saint John's commonly called Fresh Water being my own property by purchase from Government. Now I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Michael Dea as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.,
Thomas Hennessey, Richard O'Neill.
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.
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