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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael Doyle


Will of Michael Doyle
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 459 probate year 1876

In re
     Michael DOYLE      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Michael Doyle of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland being weak in body but sound in mind and memory do make this my last will and testament (thereby revoking and annulling all other will or wills made by me) in following manner, I leave and bequeath my house and the land on which it is situated, a bed and half my household effects to Francis Murphy of Carbonear, the said property to be left in charge of her mother until she is of the legal age, and in the event of the said Frances Murphy dying without heirs I hereby leave and bequeath the said property to her mother her heirs and assigns. To Mary Murphy I leave and bequeath the sum of sixty pounds cy, To the Revd John O'Connor, Ireland, the sum of forty pounds cy, To the Revd Thomas O'Connor Portugal Cove the sum of ten pounds cy, For the improvement of of the Catholic Chapel of Carbonear the sum of one hundred pounds cy, which sum I wish to appropriate for an organ for the said Chapel to Thomas Collins of Harbor Grace the sum of ten pounds cy, To Mrs. Mary Dawley, the sum of ten pounds cy To Bridget Scanlan the sum of five pounds cy, To Bridget Power three pounds, To Mrs. Mary Moriarty Five pounds, To Patrick Dooley five pounds, To Mrs. Antonio of the Presentation Convent Carbonear five pounds, To the Nuns of the Presentation Convent of Carbonear fifteen pounds, which sum together with the sum bequeathed for the Roman Catholic Chapel I wish to deposit in the hands of the Revd. J.V. Donnelly or in the hands of the Roman Catholic Clergyman resident in Carbonear for the time being To the Revd J. V. Donnelly the sum of twenty pounds cy for Masses for my soul. To Frances Murphy I also leave and bequeath the cabbage garden and the stable with the land which it is built upon. The piece of land on the east side of the road and bounded on the north by Jane Ryan south by the stable and cabbage garden, east by Lynch's, west by the main road I leave and bequeath to John Dooley of Patrick of Carbonear his heirs administrators and assigns. I hereby ordain appoint that my funeral expenses be paid out of the sum above mentioned as appropriated for the improvement of the R Catholic Chapel. The sums due to me to be paid to my executor for the benefit of Mrs. Mary Murphy. I hereby appoint Simon McCarthy of Carbonear my sole executor to this my last will and testament. Witness my hand and seal this twenty third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six. Michael X (his mark) Doyle Witness, Simon McCarthy,     Patrick Joy.

Certified Correct,
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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 25, 2003)

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