Will of Patrick Doyle
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 290 to 292 probate year 1858
Patrick Doyle deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Patrick Doyle of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Esquire being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make the following as my last will and testament.
First, I will and desire that as soon after my decease as shall be practically convenient, my executors hereinafter named shall out of my monies pay all lawful debts then due by me.
Second, I will devise and bequeath unto the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of St. John's in the said Island and to his successors therein the full sum of five hundred pounds currency in trust for the use of the Catholic Church in the said Diocese
Third, I will devise and bequeath to the Honourable John Kent the sum of one thousand pounds currency.
Fourth, I will devise and bequeath to Mrs. Kerr wife of Mr. Archibald Kerr the sum of four hundred pounds currency clear and free of the control of her present or any future husband she may have.
Fifth- I will devise and bequeath to Mrs. Kenny (widow) and sister of Mrs. Kerr the sum of four hundred pounds currency for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of herself and her children.
Sixth I will devise and bequeath to Mrs. French sister of Mrs. Kenny the sum of four hundred pounds currency to be taken and held and applied for her own use and the use of her children free and clear of the control of any husband she or any of them may have.
Seventh, I will devise and bequeath to Mrs. Firth (widow of the late William Firth) the sum of Two hundred pounds currency to be taken and applied by her for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of herself and her children free of the control of any husband any of them may have.
Eighth. I give devise and bequeath to Mrs. Howley (widow of the late John Howley) the sum of three hundred pounds currency to be taken and applied as my executors shall direct for her own use and that of her child or children free of the control of any husband she or any of them may have and free of the control of any of her present creditors.
Ninth. I will devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds currency to Miss Judith Ward in token of the regard I have for her and in full satisfaction of all claims she may have on me at the time of my death- said sum of money to betaken by my executors and vested at interest in approved funds or securities during her lifetime and that they shall take and apply the annual interest arising from said sum of money towards her maintenance and support during her life time- and that at her death she shall have full power to bequeath said sum of two hundred and fifty pounds currency and any interest then accruing or due thereon to such purposes as she may by will direct and in case she should die without a will- then that said sum of money and said interest shall go and become the property of my residuary legatees hereinafter named-
Tenth- I give devise and bequeath to Ellen Nowlan my trusty house maid the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds currency in token of the regard I have for her and in full satisfaction of all claims she may have on me at the time of my decease.
Eleventh- I give devise and bequeath to the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell the sum of one hundred pounds currency for his own use and benefit-
Twelfth- I give devise and bequeath to Mrs. Mary Foley Cummons (widow of the late Dr. Cummons late of Kilkenny, Ireland) the sum of One hundred pounds of British sterling money for her own exclusive use and benefit-
Thirteenth- I give devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds currency to His Lordship the Rt. Rev. Doctor Mullock and to his successors in the said Diocese for him or them to invest at interest in the best and most permanent security or Funds- and to take and apply the interest annually arising from said sum of money towards and for an annual High Mass in the said Diocese for the good of my soul and the soul of my dearly beloved wife Mary Doyle- for ever-
Fourteenth- I give devise and bequeath unto the said Rt. Rev. Dr. Mullock as such Bishop as aforesaid and to his successors in said Diocese the sum of fifty pounds currency to be applied by him or them towards the support and maintenance of the Orphanage in St. John's now under the care and management of the Sisters of Mercy therein-
Fifteenth- I give devise and bequeath unto the Benevolent Irish Society of st. John's and to their successors the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be added to their permanent fund for the purposes of the Society.
Sixteenth, I give and devise to His Lordship the Right Rev. Dr. Mullock the sum of two hundred pounds currency in trust for him to distribute the same among the most deserving poor in his said Diocese.
Seventeenth, I give devise and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency to my said executors for them to hold the same in trust for Patrick Doyle Kent- son of the said John Kent- until he shall attain the age of twenty-one years then that they shall pay over said sum to him, and in the meantime that said sum of money shall be by them invested in good security at interest and such interest applied by them towards the education support and maintenance of the said Patrick Doyle Kent.
Eighteenth, I give devise and bequeath to Mrs. Joanna Kent- wife of the said John Kent, the sum of One hundred and fifty pounds currency for her own use and benefit free of the control of her husband.
Nineteenth- I do hereby give devise and bequeath all my lands tenements houses and premises wheresoever situated whether of freehold or otherwise to my executors hereinafter named and to their executors administrators and assigns to have and to hold the same in trust for the following purposes- first out of the rents issues and profits thereof to pay all ground and other rents taxes & assessments that shall accrue due or be imposed on said lands tenements and premises- and out of the residue of such rents issues and profits thereof annually to pay the sum of fifteen pounds currency to each one of the Misses Power sisters of the late Dr. Power late Catholic Bishop of Toronto, Canada and now resident at Halifax, Nova Scotia- the said sum of money to be paid to each one of them during their and each of their natural lives and the natural life of the survivor of them for each of their support and maintenances and that my said lands tenements and premises shall be charged therewith as an annual charge thereon and that after providing for such charge that the residue of said rents issues and profits shall be applied for the uses and purposes first aforesaid and I strictly enjoin and impose on my executors the obligation not to sell any of my said lands tenements and premises but to retain the same and apply the rents and profits as aforesaid for the purposes aforesaid-
Twentieth- I do hereby appoint the Honourable John Kent and His Lordship the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock, the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me. Lastly- I give devise and bequeath (after the full payment of all the debts, legacies, annuities, trusts, and charges aforesaid) all the rest residue and remainder of my monies, goods, chattels and effects of every kind soever and wheresoever situated and not hereinbefore disposed of or bequeathed- unto the said John Kent and the said John Thomas Mullock to be equally divided between them their executors administrators and assigns for them and each of them to take as tenants in common- share and share alike, and as such to enjoy the said residue of my said monies, goods, chattels and effects as aforesaid after the satisfaction and liquidation of the said legacies, debts, annuities, trusts and charges aforesaid
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at St. John's in the said Island this first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven (1857)
Patrick Doyle, J.P.
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said testator on the day and year last aforesaid as and for his last will and testament in our presence,
Jno. Little, Edmund Hanrahan.
D. M. Browning