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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Doyle


Will of Mary Doyle
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 361-362 probate year 1859

In re
     Mary Doyle deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Mary Doyle wife of John Doyle of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Fisherman.    I give devise and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named and the survivor of them his executors and administrators upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned All that messuage land and premises which I had from my father Joseph Butler and on which I now reside situate on the east side of Barters Hill in the town of Saint John’s and bounded thereby on the west and on the east by land formerly belonging to John Butler of Teignmouth but now to the estate of the late Robert R. Wakeham extending from a lane that runs easterly from Barters Hill and forms the southern boundary of my land about three hundred and ninety feet northerly be the same more or less, that is to say, upon trust that my said executors and the survivor of them his executors and administrators do and shall during the natural life of my said husband John Doyle permit and suffer him to hold occupy possess and enjoy the same and to take and receive the rents issues and profits thereof to his own use and benefit, and from and after the decease of my said husband in trust to divide the said land by lines drawn easterly from Barters Hill as near as conveniently may be into seven equal parts or shares and to apportion the same as follows that is to say the lower or southern part or share thereof adjoining the lane aforesaid unto my daughter Mary Brooking her heirs and assigns for ever, the next two parts or shares thereof which shall be made to include the dwelling house in which I now reside unto my daughter Margaret Doyle and my son James Doyle as tenants in common, their heirs and assigns for ever, the next adjoining part or share unto my son Patrick Doyle his heirs and assigns for ever and the other three shares as follows, that is to say, one share thereof to my grandson Robert Evans eldest son of my son John Evans his heirs and assigns for ever, one other share thereof to my granddaughter Sarah Claire daughter of my daughter Ann Waters, her heirs and assigns for ever and the remaining share thereof to my granddaughter Mary Hannah Furze daughter of my daughter Sarah Furze her heirs and assigns for ever And I appoint my friend Alexander Norries of Saint John’s aforesaid Builder and my son James Doyle executors of this my will hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary appointments by me ever made.    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal (the word “testamentary” being interlined and the word “John” struck out) at Saint John’s aforesaid the sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one,
Mary Doyle (LS)     Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Mary Doyle as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, W. B. Row,, W. H. Mare, W. Yelland.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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