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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Durney


Will of John Durney
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 363 probate year 1859

In re
     John Durney deceased.

April the 29th 1859.     Mr. John Durney sayes on his sick bed that he is to will five pounds for Mases for his father and mother that is gone before his five pound for meself for Masess and five pound for the Sisters of Charity five pound for the Nuns of Riverhead four pounds for the Chapel of Riverhead four pounds for the Collague of the Cathedral and all so my wish is to have a head stone at my grave and allowing four pounds for it four pounds for the Orfins and widows five pounds to Mr. Brids and three pounds for Cutrin Dunphy that is all at present.    John Durney his X mark.     Witness James Hayes John Casey     Thomas X Casey, James X O’Neil, John X Briden, witness to all this.

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 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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