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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Richard Dunne


Will of Richard Dunne
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 408 & 409 probate year 1920

In re Richard Dunne       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me Richard Dunne, of Bread Cove in the Electoral District of Bay De Verde. Physician. I revoke all former wills by me at any time made and I appoint my nephew Michael Stapleton of Harbour Grace Executor of this my will. I give, devise and bequeath to my said Executor my homestead property at Bread Cove aforesaid being the land purchased by me from Levi Garland [about thirty five acres] and Noah Thistle's [between five and six acres] upon trust to permit my wife Mary Dunn to use and enjoy the same during her life and upon her death then upon trust to divide the same between my four sons Richard, Timothy, Patrick and Ronald in manner hereinafter specified, provided that if any of my sons shall at my wife's death be residing upon said property he or they shall be entitled whilst so resident to use and enjoy the portion hereinafter allotted to his or their brothers or brother not so resident until the latter shall return and take up residence upon such portion or shall sell the same: And it is my will and desire that if any of my sons desires to sell his portion of the said property he shall give the first refusal thereof to his brothers. The following is the division hereinafter referred to, namely: My son Ronald is to have the portion of my said property upon which my house and barn are erected, extending Northerly to the Railroad track and bounded to the Westward by my private road; my son Patrick the portion in the rear thereof extending from the railway track to the rear of the rear of the property, bounded on the Westward by my said private road and Eastward by the break; my son Timothy the land bought from Thistle and land in the rear thereof, extending to the woods Road north of and parallel to said railway track; and my son Richard the portion in rear thereof, bounded Southward the said Woods Road, Eastward by said private road and extending to the rear of my said property. I give devise and bequeath to my said sons my property at Bread Cove aforesaid held by me under grant from the Crown, dated March 2nd. 1908. [Volume 74. Folio 153] to be divided equally between them. I give and bequeath to my said son Timothy my shares in Columbus Hall Company, Limited of the par value of One Thousand Dollars; to each of my sons Richard and Patrick out of of my shares in the United Towns Electrical Company, Limited shares of the par value of One thousand dollars and to my wife Mary the remaining Five Hundred Dollars of my holdings in the said last named Company. I give and bequeath to my daughter Cecilia Femoyer the sum of Two Hundred Dollars; to my daughter Sarah Fahey the sum of Five Hundred Dollars; to my daughter Bridget Dunn the sum of One Thousand dollars, and to my wife Mary the sum of Five hundred dollars. I direct my Executor to apply the sum of Three thousand dollars or so much thereof as may be found necessary towards the completion of the Medical education of my son Ronald, and to keeping in force his policy in the Confederation Life Association, and to pay to my said son any surplus of this legacy left after providing for such education and insurance. I give and bequest to my said wife Mary my household furniture and personal effects, my horses and cattle, carriages, carts, farm utensils and other like chattels, and I request her to permit my children the reasonable use of the same, and to dispose of the same at or before her death as she may consider most desirable in the interests of my children and especially for the benefit of those who may be residing on the property at the time of such disposition. All the rest residue and remainder of my property and estate I give and bequeath to my four sons in equal shares.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's this eighteenth day of August A.D. 1917. Richard Dunn. Signed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request hereunto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting to the due execution thereof. Chas. O.Neill Conroy.   K. Sinnott.

Bread Cove Bay De Verde June 16th. 1919. Messrs. Conroy & Higgins Dear Sirs As I am very sick for the past few weeks and as I thought matters over very carefully I ask you to cancel Michael Stapleton from been (?) Executive of my will. I do hereby appoint my son Patrick Dunn in stead of Stapleton, to be the Executive of my will, as I want to keep my family and my Business together. Please advise at your earliest convenience. Yours truly Richard Dunn. Witness D.L. Fahey.   D. Sullivan.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Dec. 13/19
Horwood CJ.
granted to
Patrick Dunne
Jan 3/20.
Estate sworn
$11,520 26



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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: November 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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