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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Emma Dunsterville


Will of Emma Dunsterville
from Newfoundland will books vol 12 page 26 probate year 1921

In re Emma Dunsterville       deceased

This is the last Will and Testament of me Emma Dunsterville, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow. I revoke all former wills by me at any time made and I appoint my niece, Mary Ann (May) Hennessey, to be the Executrix of this my will.

  • I will and direct that my said executrix shall pay my lawful debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses.

  • I will and direct that my said executrix shall pay to Reverend Francis Ryan, Roman Catholic Priest, formerly of St. Patricks Parish, the sum of Fifty dollars for Masses for the repose of my soul and the soul of my late husband.

  • I give and bequeath all my household furniture and stock in my shop to my sister Lilla Costello.

  • I give and bequeath to my said executrix for her own use absolutely all the residue of my estate, including in particular any cash in Bank or on hand of which I may die possessed.

Witness my hand at St. John's this Twelfth day of September Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and nineteen. Emma Dunsterville
Signed published and declared by the said Testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.    W.J. Higgins     M. Keppie

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat May 1/21
Kent J.
Probate granted
to Mary Ann
Hennessey May 3/21
Estate sworn at



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: Ivy F. Benoit March 7, 2002

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