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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Delaney


Will of Patrick Delaney
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 73 to 75 probate year 1918)

In re Patrick Delaney       deceased

I Patrick Delaney of Bay Roberts in the island of Newfoundland Fisherman hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament. I devise and bequeath and expressly direct that all my earthly goods and property of every description whatsoever of which I may die possessed be disposed of in the following manner.

That my cleared land on the Farm north of the Railway track be equally divided between my four sons Patrick, Richard Mark, James and Joseph Delaney. That my Dwelling house with all the front land from the Marsh South including the waterside premises with all buildings erected thereon [except the piece of land measuring twenty by twenty-five feet with dwelling house erected thereon with right of way to the same belonging to my son Joseph Delaney] also one fourth of the cleared and uncleared land the South strip commencing from the north end of the cleared land to the boundary fence I bequeath to my son Patrick Delaney provided he supports my wife Mary Delaney during her natural lifetime [after my deceased] in caring for and providing suitable food and clothing and in all times of sickness to be provided with medical attendance with good nourishment and after her decease to give her a decent respectable and Christian burial But should my son Patrick Delaney fail to carry out as stated aforesaid then my wife Mary Delaney is at liberty to sell any part of the property so willed for her support That my two daughters Elizabeth Ellen Joseph and Briget Delaney also my two sons Richard Mark and James Delaney are to live in my Dwelling house and have the use of two rooms one room for my two daughters and one room for my two sons only while they remain unmarried.

That to my son Richard Mark Delaney I bequeath a piece of uncleared land south of the Railway track and bounded by land of Edward Mercer and the second strip of cleared land next to my son Patricks part That to my son James Delaney I bequeath a piece of uncleared land north of the Railway track and the third strip of cleared land next to my sons Richard Mark's part. That to my son Joseph Delaney I bequeath the fourth strip of cleared land next to my son James part, also the piece of land measuring twenty by twenty-five feet that his Dwelling house is built in to be his during his lifetime and after his decease to revert to his widow while she remains unmarried [But the House is not to be leased or hired whilst on my land] and after her decease or should she marry again then all my son Joseph's land is to become the property of my son Patrick Delaney. That all my land so willed is bounded on the west by William Delaney and on the East by Joseph Delaney.

I hereby appoint my son Patrick Delaney to be Executor of this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed at Bay Roberts in the island of Newfoundland this 30th day of April Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and seven -Patrick Delaney- Signed Published and Declared by the Testator as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness John Bishop Millwright Edward Mercer Master Mariner

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Mar. 13/18
to Patrick
F. Delaney
sworn at



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 7, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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