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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Flahavan
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 586 & 587 probate year 1850
Thomas Flahavan deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Flahavan of Water Street in the Town of Saint John's Newfoundland Tailor being sick and weak of health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz. I first bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be interred in a Christian and decent manner and all my just and lawful debts to be paid.
I next will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Mary Power herself and her heirs the income or profit rent belonging to me and arising out of the northeast half of the Brick building I occupy for her support and that of her children and their heirs.
I also will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Catherine Flahavan my bed and bedding and also to her the said Catherine Flahavan and her heirs the income or profit rent arising out of the western half of my said now brick house for her support and that of her children and their heirs and also should the said Catherine Flahavan die without issue then the said income I will and bequeath to my two sons Nicholas and David Flahavan and their heirs equally and should one of the brothers die without issue then the property to devolve and fall to the one that will survive and should both die without issue then the entire income arising out of the said premises to devolve on Mary Power and her children and their heirs.
And I also nominate and appoint Mr. James Fogarty and Mr. James R. Collins of Saint John's to be my executors to have this my last will and testament executed.
In witness whereof I the said testator have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John's Newfoundland this twelfth day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and forty nine. Thomas his x mark Flahavan (LS) Witness, James Hackett, James Gleeson.
D. M. Browning
|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. |
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.
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