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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(D)
William 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 William Doyle
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 514 probate year 1847

In re William Doyle      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I William Doyle of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being sick and weak in health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz, I first will and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and next my body to be entered in a decent and Christian like manner and all my just and lawful debts to be paid I next will and bequeath to Revd Mr. Condon and the Revd Father Forristall twenty five pounds, say fifteen pounds to Father Condon and ten pounds to Father Forristall for Masses for my soul, I also will and bequeath to my cousin Edw Doyle now of Saint John's all the remainder of my money and property that is in the Savings Bank and elsewhere for him the said Edwd Doyle to use it as he thinks proper after my decease, my executors paying first out of such sum or sums all necessary expenses. I also nominate and appoint Mr. John Garvey and Michael Doyle to be my executors to see this my last will and testament executed.
In witness whereof I the said testator have set my hand and seal at Saint John's Newfoundland this eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. William his X mark Doyle (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of James Hackett, Roady Heffernan.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of William Doyle
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 63 to 65 probate year 1847.

In the name of God Amen. I William Doyle of Saint Johns in the island of Newfoundland Fisherman being sick and weak in health but of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. I first will and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and next my body to be enterred in a decent and Christian like manner - and all my just and lawful debts to be paid - I next will and bequeath to Revd Mr. Condon and the Revd Father Forristall Twenty five pounds, say fifteen pounds to Father Condon and ten pounds to Father Forristall for masses for my soul - I also will and bequeath to my cousin Edwd Doyle now of Saint Johns all the remainder of my money and property that is in the Savings Bank and elsewhere for him the said Edwd Doyle to use it as he thinks proper after my decease, my executors paying first out of such sum or sums all necessary expenses ~ I also nominate and appoint Mr. John Garvey and Michael Doyle to be my Executors to see this my last Will and Testament executed -
In witness whereof I the said Testator have set my hand and seal at Saint Johns Newfoundland this Eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. William his X mark Doyle (L.S.)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of James Hackett, Roady Hifferman.

Newfoundland - In the Supreme Court St. Johns
To Wit - James Hackitt of St. Johns in the Central District Accountant maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see William Doyle in the foregoing paper writing named set his mark to seal publish and declare the said paper writing as and for last Will and Testament in the presence as well of this Deponent as of Roady Hifferman the other subscribing witness thereto. And further that he this Deponent read over and explained the said paper writing to the said Testator who fully understood the same. And this Deponent lastly saith that the said Testator at the time of publishing his said last will and testament was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of Deponent's knowledge and belief. James Hackitt.
Sworn before me at St. Johns this 3rd day of July A.D. 1847
Rob. R.W. Lilly    Comm. of Affts.

 

 

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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