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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Philip Duggan
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 408- 409
probate year 1861
Philip Duggan deceased.
In the name of God Amen- This is the last will
and testament of the Honorable Philip Duggan of Saint John’s in Newfoundland
I the said Philip Duggan do hereby will and desire that after my death
my executors hereinafter named shall out of my real and personal property
pay all lawful debts that may be due by me or my estate.
I give and bequeath to the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock Catholic Bishop
of the Diocese of St. John’s in the said Island and his successors therein
the four houses and ground thereunder and thereto belonging situate on the
western side of Adelaide Street in St. John’s aforesaid and also
my farm of land and premises consisting of about eight acres more or
less, near Waterford Bridge and now occupied by Philip St. John to have
and to hold the said houses land and premises and the said farm of land
and premises with the appurtenances unto the said Right Rev.
Doctor Mullock and his successors in said Diocese for him and them to appropriate and
apply the same and the rents issues and profits thereof to and for such
charitable and religious uses and purposes as he and they shall or may
from time to time think fit.
I give and bequeath to Mary Walsh my first cousin, at Mr. Lashes, the
sum of twenty pounds currency a year as long as she shall live.
I give and bequeath to Mrs. Stephens now attending on me the sum of
fifty pounds currency for her attention towards me and in full of all claim
she may have on me or my estate at my death.
I give and bequeath to the Reverend Jeremiah O’Donnell of Saint John’s,
the sum of twenty pounds currency.
I give and bequeath to my nephew Joseph Beck of London, England, the
sum of fifty pounds currency out of the rents of my real property.
I give and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named in trust all
my land tenements and premises now occupied by William Bearns,
Sullon Donnelly and others near George Town in St. John’s and to the east of the Catholic
Cathedral and near Captain Feehan’s for my said executors to hold
the said land tenements and premises in this bequest in trust for the
use and benefit of my niece Mary Crawford for her natural life and no
longer and after her death to my executors in trust for the use and benefit
of my nephew John Kennaley of California and of the lawful children of
the Honorable John Fox now begotten and born of his present wife, to
take the same share and share alike as tenants in common.
I give and bequeath to the Revd Father Ryan Parish Priest of St. Mary’s
and to his successors as Parish Priest therein in said Island my cottage, house
and ground with the appurtenances in St. Mary’s aforesaid and now occupied
by Mr. Kennedy. I also give to the said Rev.
Father Ryan and his said successors as such Parish Priest in St. Mary’s
my farm land and premises at North Harbor- at the head of St. Mary’s
Bay, and which farm formerly belonged to old Mr. Fling.
I give and devise to my said executors hereinafter named in trust all
the rest residue and remainder of my lands tenements and real estate wheresoever
situate and not hereinbefore disposed of to hold the same for the use
of my said niece Mary Crawford, the said John
Kennaley and the said lawful
children of the said John Fox now borne, to take the same share and share
alike as tenants in common for and during the natural life of the said
Mary Crawford and no longer; and after her death my said executors shall
have and hold the said residue and remainder of my said land tenements
and real estate for the use and benefit of the said John Kennaley and the
said lawful children of the said John Fox for them to take the same share
and share alike as tenants in common for ever-
I give and bequeath to the right Reverend Doctor Mullock and to his
successors in the said Diocese the sum of fifteen pounds currency a year
and every year for ever for Masses for the good of my soul and the souls
of my late father and mother- and I charge my said real estate and lands
with the due payment of said annual sum of fifteen pounds currency for
the purposes aforesaid.
I lastly give and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my monies,
moveable property, goods and personal chattels not hereinbefore disposed
of by me to my said executors in trust for the use and benefit of the said
Mary Crawford, John Kennaley and the said lawful children of the said John
Fox to take the same subject to the bequests aforesaid, share and share
alike as tenants in common.
I do hereby appoint the said Honourable John Fox and John
Esquire, of St. John’s, Merchants, the executors of this
my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills
made by me- Dated at St. John’s in the said Island
the twenty third day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred
and sixty one- Philip Duggan. Signed published executed and declared
by the said Philip Duggan as and for his last will and testament in our
presence, Jno Little, Geo. Stephonse
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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