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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Dooling
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 399 & 400 probate year 1842
John Dooling deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I John Dooling a native of the town of Saint John's in Newfoundland being at present in a very delicate state of health but of perfect sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament I first and principally of all give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life I give demise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form,
I give and bequeath to my loving wife Alice my dwelling house and the farm on which the said dwelling house is built on situate on the Barrens of St. John's and measuring five and a half acres and two roods also the crop to be produced therefrom but it is my desire and request that the said farm shall be sold as is hereinafter mentioned that is to say if it shall please God to call me out of this life at any time during the present summer the said farm is not to be sold until the month of November next after the crop is all taken up, the said farm, house and farming utensils is to be sold by public auction and out of the proceeds thereof it is my desire and request that the sum of two hundred and twenty eight pounds shall be paid to Mr. Patrick Walsh, Victualler, to redeem my Bond given to him in that amount, and also if my wife Alice shall think it proper to purchase the said farm in fee simple from Government for the purpose of enhancing its value previously to its sale by auction, she is at liberty to do so.
I also give and bequeath to my wife Alice the Glebe field admeasuring nine acres and she shall be liable to pay the yearly rent. I also give and bequeath to my wife all my household furniture debts and effects and I hereby nominate Mr. James Tubrid and Mr. John Long to be the executors and my wife Alice executrix to this my last will and testament. And I hereby revoke and declare null and void all former wills legacies or bequests heretofore by me made willed or bequeathed in any manner or form whatsoever declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said John Dooling have hereunto set my hand and seal at the Barrens of St. John's aforesaid this thirtieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two. John Dooling (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Dooling in the presence of us,
Hy. Devereux. James Tubrid. John Long.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)
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