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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Driscoll


Will of Thomas Driscoll
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 240 probate year 1857

In re
     Thomas Driscoll      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Driscoll of Bay Bulls in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God 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 my last will and testament that is to say first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor and executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, First I give and bequeath to Ann my dearly beloved wife all my chattels household goods and moveable effects and all monies I may die possessed of for her own support and the support of my two children Margaret and Ann Mary. Also I give and bequeath to my said children all and singular my lands messuages and tenements including a piece of land called "Mother Toole's Stile" to be by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed.     I also bequeath to Ann my beloved wife the lease of the fishing room at present in my occupancy and I do appoint her executrix and my beloved brother Michael Driscoll executor conjointly to this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal at Bay Bulls this seventeenth day of February 1851.
Thomas his X mark Dricol (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and that of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, Jno. McKie. Matthew Driscoll.

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 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 AST)

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