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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Mary Fitzgerald
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 36 to 38 probate year 1866
Mary Fitzgerald deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Fitzgerald of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament that is to say-
1st I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Garvey wife of Mr. John Garvey, of Harbor Briton the sum of twenty pounds currency.
2nd I give and bequeath to my niece Mary Bowler the sum of twenty struck out ten pounds as a token of my affection.
3rd I give and bequeath to my nephew Patrick Brosnaham the sum of ten pounds currency as a token of my affection.
4th I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Mary Joseph Cashin the sum of ten pounds currency as a token of my affection.
5th I give and bequeath to the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John's and to his successors therein the sum of fifty pounds currency for High Masses for the good of my soul.
6th I give and bequeath to the Revd Jeremiah O'Donnell the sum of five pounds currency for Masses for my soul.
7th I give and bequeath to the Revd John Vereker the sum of three pounds currency for Masses for my soul.
8th I give and bequeath to the Revd. Edward Troy of Torbay the sum of two pounds currency for Masses for my soul.
9th I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Honora Cashin Fitzgerald wife of Michael Fitzgerald of Harbor Grace the sum of five pounds currency as a token of my affection.
10th I give and bequeath to my grandson Thomas Cashin the sum of five pounds currency as a token of my affection.
11th I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Mary Delahunty wife of Mr. Richard Delahunty the sum of eight pounds currecny as a token of my affection-
12th I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Honora Kennedy wife of Mr. Patrick Kennedy of St. John's the sum of seven pounds currency as a toke of my affection.
13th I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Catherine Brien the sum of five pounds currency as a token of my affection.
14th I give and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named the sum of five pounds currency in trust for the use and benefit of the children of my deceased niece Mary Brown.
15th I do hereby revoke all former wills made by me.
16th I do hereby direct that all my lawful debts shall be duly paid by my executor out of my money before any of the aforesaid legacies.
17th I do hereby appoint Mr. Maurice O'Brien my grandson of Saint John's aforesaid sole executor of this my last will and testament.
18th I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of all and singular my property, goods, chattels, money, debts, credits and effects of every description and kind not hereinbefore disposed of unto my said executor Maurice O'Brien to have hold and enjoy the same as my residuary legatee under this my last will and testament.
As witness my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven. Mary (her X mark) Fitzgerald (LS)
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Mary Fitzgerald as and for her last will and testament in the presence of, James Fitzgerald, Mary Joseph Cashin, Mauce O'Brien.
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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk and also by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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