In the Supreme Court
You shall swear that you believe this to be the true last Will and Testament of Matthew Joyce late of The Goulds in the Central District of Newfoundland, Farmer, deceased
You shall swear that you will pay all the Debts and Legacies of the Deceased, so far as the Goods shall extend and the Law shall bind you; and that you will exhibit a true, full, and perfect Inventory of all and every the Goods, Rights and Credits of the deceased, together with a just and true account into the Registry of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, when you shall be lawfully called thereto: And you shall further swear that the whole of the Goods, Rights, Chattels, Assets, Credits, and Effects of the said Matthew Joyce deceased, and of which he died possessed, do not, according to he best of your knowledge, judgement and belief, amount to the value of Two thousand dollars
So help you God.
Sworn before me at St. John's
this 26th day of November
A.D. 1888 by the his
said Michael Joyce & John Joyce John X Joyce
having been first read over and explained mark
Geo. I. Adams
Commissioner of Affidavits, Supreme Court
Estate of Matthew Joyce
late of "The Goulds"
In the Central District
Dated 3rd December 1888
Probate granted to
Matthew Joyce & John Joyce
the Executors named in the Will
Estate sworn under $2000.00
Supreme Court of Newfoundland
Sir William Vall??? Whiteway
of St. Johns Newfoundland KCMG? maketh oath and saith that on the Eighteenth day of August A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty two at the Goulds near St. Johns Newfoundland he, this Deponent, was present and did see Matthew Joyce late of The Goulds aforesaid - the Testator named in the paper writing hereunto annexed duly sign (by making his mark) publish and declare the said annexed paper writing as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of this Deponent and of James Oliphant Fraser? the other subscribing witness thereto. That Deponent and said James Oliphant Fraser? then signed their names to such Will as such witnesses, in the presence of the said Testator and of each other. That previously to the said Will being so signed as aforesaid, by the said Testator and the said witnesses, it was read over to, and approved of by, the said Testator in the presence of Deponent and the said James Oliphant Fraser and that at the time of the said execution of the said Will the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of Deponent's knowledge and belief.
Sworn before me at St.
Johns aforesaid, this 26th?
day of November
A.D. One Thousand Eight W.V. Whiteway
Hundred and Eighty eight
Geo. I. Adams
This is the last Will and Testament of me Matthew Joyce of the Goulds near St. Johns Newfoundland, Farmer
I give and bequeath unto my son John Joyce all the farm, land ???ssways (possibly "accessways") and premises which I have under grant from the Crown and which I now occupy my son Michael Joyce having and to have? the farm, land, ???ssways (possibly "accessways") and premises which he now occupies purchased from Mahony? My sons aforesaid shall pay in equal proportions the amount for which the said Farms are mortgaged.
I also give and bequeath to my said son John the piece of land about twenty four acres in the rear of the Farm which I occupy and which land I purchased from the Crown but have not yet taken the grant out.
I also give to my son John all my Farm stock horses cattle carriage carts and other personal property
I give my daughter Anne the sum of Forty pounds currency to be charged upon the property hereby given and bequeathed to my son John and to be paid by him to her
I will that all my debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid by my son John
and shall be charged upon the property bequeathed to him
St. Johns Newfoundland the Eighteenth day of August Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and eighty two
I appoint my said sons Executors of this my last will and testament
Signed and declared
by the said Matthew his
Joyce as his last Will Matthew X Joyce
and testament in our mark
presence who in his
presence and in the
presence of each other
have signed their names
as Witnesses to the ???
Execution? thereof ???
??? having been read over
and explained to the
said Matthew Joyce
in our presence__
the word "John" in the
twenty second line of
page being just interlined
The petition of Michael Joyce and John Joyce both of the Goulds near St. Johns, Newfoundland Farmers
That your petitioners' late father Matthew Joyce late of the Goulds, farmers died on or about the twenty fifth day of April last having previously made his last will and testament hereto annexed of which he appointed your petitioners Executors and which is dated this eighteenth day of August Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and Eighty two, that the said Matthew Joyce left him surviving his widow and only four children viz your petitioners and one daughter named Anne Joyce unmarried and one daughter named Mary married to Walter Williams; that your petitioners' father at the time of his decease was possessed of or s???ed to property in this Island to an amount in value not exceeding the sum of two thousand dollars according to the opinion and belief of your petitioners
Your petitioners pray that Letters of Probate to the said Will of the said Matthew Joyce may be granted to them and as in duty bound will ever pray
St. Johns Nfld
26 Nov 88 his
First read over and explained John X Joyce
to said Michael and John Joyce mark
Geo. I. Adams
In re Estate of
Michael Joyce of the Goulds near St. Johns aforesaid Farmer one of the petitioners named in the foregoing petition maketh oath and saith that the matters and things contained in the said petition are just and true
Sworn before me at his
St. Johns aforesaid this Michael X Joyce
27th day of November mark
A.D. 1888 having been
first read and explained
to the said Michael Joyce
Geo. I. Adams
In re Estate of
Petition for Letters
3rd Dec 1888