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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Durney


Will of John Durney
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 572 probate year 1865

In re
John Durney deceased.

In the name of God Amen the fourteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.     I John Dourney of the city of Saint John’s Newfoundland Fisherman being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors First I give and bequeath unto Anastasia my dearly beloved wife (after paying all debts dues ama) all my entire property that is to say lands tenements goods chattels and sixty two pounds in the Union Bank and one hundred and fifty five pounds nineteen shillings and six pence in the Savings Bank    I also constitute make and appoint Thomas Donoghue and Robert Arroll my sole executors of this my last will and testament    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.    John his X mark Durney (LS)    Witness, Thomas Donoghue,    Robert Arroll.

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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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