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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Ellen Fitzgerald


Will of Ellen Fitzgerald
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 396 probate year 1885

In re
      Ellen Fitzgerald deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Ellen Fitzgerald Widow of Fogo in the Island of Newfoundland being through the goodness of Almighty God of sound mind and memory although weak in body do make and declare this my last will and testament     First, I return my soul to God who gave it and desire that my body may be decently buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Fogo.     All the money I die possessed of I give and dispose of in the following manner after all my just and lawful debts are paid and discharged.

  • 1st The sum of ten pounds cy to defray the expenses of my funeral.
  • 2nd. The sum of ten pounds cy to erect a headstone at my grave.
  • 3rd The sum of Six pounds cy to be paid for Masses for myself and my deceased husband, brothers and sisters.
  • 4th The sum of five pounds cy to my niece Honoria Green.
  • 5th The sum of two pounds cy to my nephew Reginald Fitzgerald to be put at interest in the Savings Bank.
  • 6th The sum of Ninety-two pounds cy to my son Michael Thos. Fitzgerald.
  • 7th The sum of ten pounds cy to my son Clarence Fitzgerald.
  • 8th Whatever money may be remaining in the Union Bank in St. John’s Newfoundland after the foregoing sums are paid I desire may be shared between my two daughters Anastatia Fitzgerald and Cecilia Fitzgerald share and share alike.

I likewise appoint my son Michael Thos Fitzgerald as executor of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling any former will.    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Fogo this nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five. 1885.    Ellen her X mark Fitzgerald. (Seal)    Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the above Ellen Fitzgerald as her last will and testament after being first read over and explained in presence of us who in each other’s presence have here unto set our hands as witnesses, W.B. Fitzgerald, Jeremiah Dee.

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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