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Part 1 - Contributed & transcribed by Jeanette Squires
In the Supreme Court.
OATH OF ADMINISTRATOR
Administration granted to
Value of Estate $900.00
To the Honourable the Supreme Court or to One of the Honourable the Judges thereof.
The Petition of Thomas Donavon of Saint John's, Labourer,
HUMBLY SHEWETH, that
Your Petitioner, therefore, prays that this Honourable Court or Your Lordship
shall be pleased to grant to him Letters of Administration cum testament
to the estate of the said deceased.
In the Name of God, Amen. I Thomas Donavon labourer of St. John's, Newfoundland, being of sound mind, hereby declare this to be my last will and testament, made this Twenty eighth day of February, Anno Domine, one thousand nine hundred and ten.
I leave to my wife Elizabeth Donavon my house, situate on the east side of Spencer Street, in the town of St. John's, and numbered 64, together with all its contents for her life, and for her use and benefit, and at her death said house with all its contents, shall be left to my daughter Bridget and to my younger sons James and Thomas
Signed by the said testator Thomas his X mark Donavon as his last will and testament in presence of us present at the same time who, at his request, and in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto our hands subscribed as witness
This is the paper writing marked "A" which
in the affidavit of Nicholas Grace hereto annexed made
before me on the 14th day of August 1923 is deposed to be the
last will and testament of Thomas Donovan the Testator
named in said will.
PROOF OF WILL - (MARKSMAN).
In the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
In the Estate of THOMAS DONAVON, late of St. John's, Labourer,
I, Nicholas Grace of St. John's in the Electoral District of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Shoe-maker make oath and say, that on the 28th day of February A.D. One Thousand nine hundred and ten, I was present and did see Thomas Donavon late of St. John's, in the Electoral District of St. John's named in the paper writing hereunto annexed, marked A, dully sign (by making his mark), publish and declare the said annexed paper writing, as and for his last Will and Testament in my presence, and in the presence of A. Ball the other subscribing witness thereto. That I and said A. Ball then and there signed our names to such Will as such witnesses, in the presence of the said Testator That previously to the Will being so signed, as aforesaid, by the said Testator and the said witnesses, it was read over to, and approved of by, the said Testator in the presence of me and the said A. Ball and that at the time of the said execution of the said Will, and the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Sworn at St. John's this 14th day of August, A.D. 1923 before
Administration Bond with Will annexed.
"Royal Gazette" Print.
Know all Men by these Presets, THAT WE
THOMAS DONAVON of St. John's, Labourer,
John Fitzpatrick of do, Grocer
John H. Lakin of do, Plumber
are jointly and severally bound unto Our Sovereign Lord George the Fifth,
by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,
and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.,
in the sum of Eighteen hundred dollars, to be paid to Our said Sovereign
Lord the King, His Heirs and Successors, for which payment, well and truly
to be made, we bind ourselves and each of us for the whole, our and each
of our Executors and Administrators, firmly by these presents. Sealed with
The condition of this Obligation is such that if the above named Thomas
Donavon, Administrator of all the Estate and Effects of Thomas
Donavon, late of St. John's in the Electoral District of St.
John's, in the island of Newfoundland Labourer deceased (who died on
or about the 6th day of January, A.D., 1913, do, when lawfully
called on in that behalf, make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect
inventory of all and singular the Estate and Effects of the said deceased
which have or shall come into his hands, possession or knowledge, or
into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him,
and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Registry
of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland whenever required by law so to do,
and the same Estate and Effects, and all other Estate and Effects, of
the said deceased at the time of his death, which at any time after shall
come into his hands or possession, or into the hands or possession of
any other person or persons for him, do well and truly administer according
to law, that is to say, do pay the debts which the said deceased did
owe at his decease, and then the Legacies contained in the said Will
annexed to the said Letters of Administration to him committed, so far
as such property will thereunto extend and the law bind him; and further,
do make, or cause to be made, a full, true and just account of his said
administration within twelve months or sooner if thereunto required and
all the rest and residue of the said Estate and Effects shall deliver
and pay unto such person or persons as shall be by law entitled thereto;
then this Obligation to be void and of no effect, or else to remain in
full force and virtue.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered, in the presence of
In the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
In the Estate of THOMAS DONAVON, late of St. John's,
The above named John Fitzpatrick and John H.
Lakin were severally sworn at St. John's, this 27 day of August
A.D., 1923 before me,
(In the margin of this will)
Part 2 - Contributed by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
Will of Thomas Donovan
In the Name of God. Amen. I, Thomas Donovan, labourer, of St. John's, Newfoundland, being of sound mind, hereby declare this to be my last Will and Testament, made this Twenty eighth day of February, Anno Domine, One Thousand Nine hundred and Ten.
I leave to my wife Elizabeth Donovan my house, situate on the East Side of Spencer Street, in the town of St. John's,
and numbered 64, together with all its contents for her life, and for her use
and benefit, and at her death said house with all its contents, shall be left
to my daughter Bridget and to my younger sons James and Thomas THOMAS
his X mark DONOVAN
(In the margin next to this will the following)
Part 1 - Contributed and transcribed by Jeanette Squires, Nova Scotia
Part 2 - Contributed by Judy Benson
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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