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Will of Thomas Anthony Ewer
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Antony Ewer Ordinis Minorum and Roman Catholic Missionary of the District of Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind but labouring under bodily infirmities & considering the uncertainty of all earthly matters, do make this my last will and testament revoking and cancelling all former wills & testaments made by me. In the first place I resign my soul into the hands of my heavenly Creator when he may be pleased to call me out of this life & my body to the earth. I will that all and singular those articles which have been procured for the Roman Catholic Chapel of Harbor Grace & which articles are used in the celebration of the divine mysteries, shall not be removed or alienated by my successor from said Chapel. I will and bequeath that all property appearing after my demise, such as cash, bills of exchange & also such as may be in the hands of different merchants, be available so as to make a fund for the purpose of educating one or more students for the Catholic priesthood of this Island, and such fund to be at the discretion of my executors below mentioned. I do now also particularly order and request that my executors shall without delay enter upon or take possession of the farm of Scoggins situated near Ferryland, and sell the said farm now in the possession of Revd. Timothy Brown. The money so realised after the sale of said farm of Scoggins be also converted with what may be found here for the purpose of educating one or more students for the Catholic priesthood of this Island. The papers appertaining to said farm of Scoggins when it was purchased by me are still in my care & can be examined by my executors. It is my will that my executors do sell the whole or part of my books, household furniture, farming utensils &c. &c. as they think proper, and after the sale of the whole or part of sd books, household furniture, farming utensils &c. &c. be given to the poor of the district. It is my desire that my executors with the advice & consent of the Right Revd Doctor Fleming or his successors do from time to time correspond with the Revd William Yore of Dublin & ascertain the safest way when & where such student or students may be educated; such as the said Revd. William Yore has done with me for last three years. I do now authorize & empower the following persons as my executors to carry this my last will and testament into proper effect, viz. The Right Revd Doctor Fleming Roman Catholic Bishop of this Island. The Revd. Denis Mackin Catholic Missionary at Brigus Conception Bay. The Revd. Charles Dalton Catholic Missionary at St. John's, Mr. Thomas Foley of Harbor Grace, Mr. David Keefe of Harbor Grace & Mr. Patrick Morris of the City of Waterford Ireland.
|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. |
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