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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Donovan


Will of Patrick Donovan
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 355 probate year 1841

In re
     Patrick Donovan       deceased.

In the name of God Amen I Patrick Donovan Tin Man of Saint John's In the Island of Newfoundland being sick and weak in health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following viz. First of all I bequeath my soul into the hands of God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be entered in decent and Christian like manner and all my just and lawfull debts to be paid I next will and bequeath to my beloved children Patrick   John and Margaret Donovan my entire property in my houses my stock in trade my furniture wearing apparel watches &c. to be divided equally alike between them three I also give and bequeath to my son Michael Donovan twenty pounds to be paid him by the said Patk   John and Margret Donovan in half yearly payments two years after my decease out of the said property willd them And should either Patrick    John or Margret die prior to the being of age then the share of that person is to devolve on the other two or on the survivors of the three above named. And I also nominate and appoint Mrs. Mary Conningham to be my executor to have this my last will and testament executed. And it is also understood my son Michael Donovan is not to receive any part of the within annexed specified twenty pounds untill the persons as annexed mentioned are arrived at age if such sum is forthcoming or remains in funds or in the executors hands. Patrick his x mark Donovan This done signed sealed and delivered the 21st day Jany 1841 in the presence of us witness James Hackett.   Charles H. Renouf, M.D.    Charles Culleton x his mark.    Witness, C.H. Renouf.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 18, 2003)

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