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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Denis Doyle


Will of Denis Doyle
from the Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 92 to 94 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Denis Doyle       deceased.

Realizing the uncertainty of life I Denis Doyle Fisherman of Harbor Main, In the Island of Newfoundland Do this Tenth day of August Eighteen Hundred and ninety-six being in possession of Sound mind make this my last will and Testament.
Firstly. I bequeath my soul to God its creator my body to the clay.
Secondly. I dispose of my earthly goods as follows. I bequeath to my son Stephen Doyle my Dwelling House, store, Barn, cellar and all outhouses. I also bequeath to my son Stephen Doyle all my live stock, viz - Two cows - seven sheep, one horse with all my farming implements such as Long car, Box car, wheels and wheel Barrow slide Plough, Harrow, Rakes, Forks and &c. I also Bequeath to my son Stephen Doyle all my land known as the outside premises. Bounded as follows. On the south by the Main Line of road Leading to Holyrood in the S.W. by the O'Donnell Cut, on the N.E. by the property of the late David Doyle, on the north or N.W. by Main Line of Road, also to said Stephen Doyle the meadow known as the hill meadow bounded as follows - North by Wall's property south by the Main Road East by Doyles Lane West by James Woodford. Also to said Stephen Doyle, the Kitchen garden on the North east of Doyle's Lane.
I bequeath my waterside property to be divided between my two sons Philip and Stephen Doyle as follows - That piece of water side between Samuel Ezekiel's stage and my wharf to my son Philip. All the land on the north east side of wharf and to be bounded on the south by the old foot Path (known as Barrons Path) to my son Stephen. The wharf to be used and kept in repair conjointly, no part of any of my water side premises to be sold or mortgaged without the mutual consent of my two sons Philip and Stephen. That piece of land on the south of said foot path Bounded on the south by Sam Ezekiel on the north by said foot path on the west by Sam Ezekiel on the east by property of the late David Doyle to be equally divided between my two sons Philip and Stephen. Philip to have the south west part all that piece of water side land Bounded by stage Path on the west, Barrons Path on the South, property of late David Doyle on the east and by the water on the north, to be my son Stephen's.
All my inside property known as the farm to be divided as follows. All the land north of Main Road now in possession of my son Philip to be his for ever. If he should remove and go to live on his own land know as the Birch Knap or else where, he forfeits all claim to said land he now possesses, and it shall become the property of my son Stephen Doyle. But Philip can claim and remove all erections thereon exclusive of the fences. Also that piece of land he at present got cultivated by the side of Walls pond, with the same number of square feet of uncultivated land adjoining the South side of said cultivated land. This land to be subject to same Law as that on the north side of Main Road (not to be sold. All the remaining part Cultivated and uncultivated to be my son Stephen's and his heirs for ever. Said Stephen Doyle shall on application give to my Daughter Margaret Pennell one half (½) acre of Cultivated land in the Farm my daughter Margaret to have her choice of selection.
Thirdly I bequeath to my Grand son Denis Doyle all that piece of land known as the pond meadow Bounded on the north by Main Line, south by walls waste land east by MacDonald's Land west by property of late David Doyle. My son Stephen Doyle shall help my son Philip to build his house by giving him free labour as far forth as he can.
Fourthly. I bequeath my Bed and Bedding to my grandson Denis Doyle. My own Photograph and its Frame to be my Daughter's Bridget Woodford's all the remaining furniture to be my son Stephen Doyles.
Given under my hand and seal this tenth day of August A.D. one Thousand eight hundred and ninety six signed Denis Doyle Senr. Wittness Present Patk. F. Brick.   William H. Holden I appoint the following named persons as my executors. Wm. V. Holden   Patrick L. Brick and Patk. Woodford. Denis Doyle Senr.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Denis Doyle deceased.
End      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 (December 18, 2002)

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