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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(D)
John Doyle

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of John Doyle
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 508 & 509 probate year 1847

In re John Doyle      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Doyle of the Parish of Cahir in the county Tipperary Ireland, but at present a resident of St. John's, Newfdland, being sickly but of perfect sound mind and memory & 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 & testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to the Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial not doubting but the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God And as touching such worldly wealth wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath the same in the following manner & form, I give & bequeath six pounds cy for my funeral expenses I give & bequeath to my brother Edmund Doyle now living in the Parish of Cahir Ireland the sum of twenty pounds cy to be paid as soon as it can be obtained after my death. I give and bequeath to my nephew Thomas Doyle son to my brother Patrick Doyle the sum of ten pounds cy I give and bequeath unto Rev. K. Walsh the sum of five pounds cy for Masses for my father, mother, brothers and sisters, I give and bequeath to the Rev. J. Forristall the sum of five pounds cy. I give and bequeath to the Rev. ____ Conden the sum of ten pounds cy for Masses for myself & Gillan Mahony. I give & bequeath unto my nephew Edmd Doyle now residing in St. John's the sum of ten pounds cy I give and bequeath to the Rev. Mackin of Brigus By North the sum of five pounds cy. I give and bequeath to the Rev. Thos O'Conner the sum of five pounds cy. I give & bequeath Rt Rev. Doctor Fleming the sum of five pounds cy for the same purpose. & I give and bequeath five pounds cy for the building of the Cathedral. I give & bequeath to the Nuns of the Presentation Convent the sum of five pounds cy. I give & bequeath to my son William Doyle the sum of sixty five pounds cy now ledged in the Savings Bank. I give and bequeath to the Rev. J. O'Donnell the sum of five pounds cy for Masses for my soul. I give and bequeath to the indigent poor the balance of whatever money remains in the hands of the executors except and reserving for Thomas Hefferman my attendant to whom I give & bequeath the sum of four pounds cy, and I do hereby nominate and appoint Mr. Edmond Kennedy and Mr. James Farrel both of St. John's executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and declaring null & void all former wills & deeds of Gift made by me at any time heretofore and I do ordain these presents to stand hereby ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof to this my last will & testament I have set my hand & seal at St. John's Newfdland this twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. John his X mark Doyle.
Signed sealed published & declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in presence of the testator. Charles O'Donnell,    Edmd Kennedy,    witness, William McGrath.    James Farrill

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of John Doyle
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 50 to 54 probate year 1847.

In the name of God Amen, I John Doyle of the Parish of Cahin in the county Tipperary Ireland, but at present a resident of St. Johns, Newfoundland, being sickly but of perfect sound mind and memory I 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 that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to the Almighty God who gave it. And my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial not doubting but the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God ~ And as touching such worldly wealth wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life ~
I give and bequeath the same in the following manner and form -
I give and bequeath six pounds Cy for my funeral expenses~
I give and bequeath to my brother Edmund Doyle now living in the Parish of Cahir Ireland the sum of twenty pounds Cy to be paid as soon as it can be obtained after my death.
I give and bequeath to my nephew Thomas Doyle son to my brother Patrick Doyle the sum of ten pounds Cy
I give and bequeath unto Rev. K. Walsh the sum of five pounds Cy for masses for my Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters ~
I give and bequeath to the Rev. J. Forristal the sum of five pounds Cy.
I give and bequeath to the Rev. ____ Conden the sum of ten pounds currency for masses for myself and gillan(?) Mahony.
I give and bequeath unto my nephew Edwd Doyle now residing in St. Johns the sum of ten pounds Cy
I give and bequeath to the Revd. Mackin of Brigus by north the sum of five pounds Cy.
I give and bequeath to the Revd. Thomas O'Conner the sum of five pounds Cy.
I give and bequeath Rt. Revd. Dr. Fleming the sum of five pounds Cy for the same purpose.
I give and bequeath five pounds Cy for the building of the Cathedral.
I give and bequeath to the nuns of the presentation Convent the sum of five pounds Cy.
I give and bequeath to my son William Doyle the sum of sixty five pounds Cy now lodged in the Savings Bank.
I give and bequeath to the Revd. J. O'Donnell the sum of five pounds currency for masses for my soul.
I give and bequeath to the indigent poor the balance of what money remains in the hands of the Executors except and reserving for Thomas Hefferman my attendant to whom I give and bequeath the sum of four pounds Cy. And I do hereby nominate and appoint Mr. Edward Kennedy and Mr. James Farrel both of St. Johns Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and declaring null and void all former wills and deeds of Gift made by me at any time heretofore. And I do ordain these presents to stand hereby ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof to this my last will and testament I have set my hand and seal at St. Johns Newfoundland this twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. John his X mark Doyle.
Signed, sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in presence of the Testator. Witness, Charles O'Donnell - William McGrath - Edmund Kennedy - James Farrill

In the Supreme Court Newfoundland St. Johns to wit Charles O'Donnell of St. Johns in the Central District dealer and William McGrath of the same place fisherman severally make oath and say that they were present and did see John Doyle in the within paper writing named duly set his mark to publish and declare the said paper writing as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of these deponents and Edmund Kennedy and James Farrell the other subscribing Witnesses to the same. And these deponents further say that the said paper writing was read over and explained to the said John Doyle and that he fully understood the same. And these deponents lastly say that the said John Doyle at the time of publishing his said will was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of these Deponents knowledge and belief. - William McGrath, Charles O'Donnell ~
Sworn before me at St. Johns by Charles O'Donnell and William McGrath this fourth day of May A.D. 1847 - Rob. R.W. Lilly - Comm. of affidavits.

 

 

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 Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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