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Will of William Flinn
In the name of God Amen. I William Flinn of Saint John's, Shopkeeper, do make and declare this my last will and testament.
First- I will and desire that all my just debts shall be paid-
Second- I will and bequeath unto Elizabeth Marnell (at present of Saint Clair's Boarding School) daughter of the late James Marnell the sum of seventy pounds Newfoundland currency-
Third- I give and bequeath unto John Marnell son of the aforesaid late James Marnell the sum of forty pounds currency aforesaid-
Fourth. I give and bequeath unto the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock the sum of fifteen pounds currency aforesaid for Masses for the repose of the souls of my father Martin Flinn my mother Bridget Flinn and my wife Roxanna Flinn.
Fifth- I give and bequeath unto the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock aforesaid the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid for Masses for the repose of my soul.
Sixth, I give and bequeath unto the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid-
Seventh, I give and bequeath unto the Presentation Convent the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid-
Eighth. I give and bequeath unto the Reverend Thomas O'Connor of Portugal Cove the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid for Masses for the repose of the soul of Tobias Tallent.
Ninth- I give and bequeath unto the Roman Catholic Orphanage the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid-
Tenth, I give and bequeath unto the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell the Reverend Richard O'Donnell, the Reverend ______________ Byrne, the Reverend Michael Walsh, and the Reverend ___________ Coady the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid each for Masses for the repose of my soul.
Eleventh. I give and bequeath unto my sister-in-law Johanna Baldwin the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid.
Twelfth- I give and bequeath unto Michael Power who lives with me the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid.
Thirteenth- I give and bequeath unto Margaret Branscombe wife of William Branscombe the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid-
Fourteenth I give and bequeath unto Andrew Marnell and his wife _______ the sum of five pounds currency aforesaid each-
Fifteenth, I give and bequeath unto Mary Joseph Curren sister of Mr. John Curren the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid.
Sixteenth. I will and bequeath direct that the my interest in the two cottages situate in Cooks Town be sold by Public auction and the proceeds thereof sent to Captain Thomas Walsh of the Glen Waterford for the children of my relation Mrs. Carey of same place.
Seventeenth, I give and bequeath unto my sister Bridget Ryan of Long Island opposite Kingston Upper Canada the sum of ten pounds currency aforesaid.
Eighteenth, I give devise and bequeath unto the Reverend Mother of the Convent of Mercy or her successor all and singular whatever other property I may die possessed of or be entitled to at the time of my death to be distributed by her to the most deserving of the poor people of St. John's.
Nineteenth I appoint John Joseph Dearin and John Curren executors of this my last will and testament- Lastly I hereby annul all former wills by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at St. John's this day of July Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty one (1861). William Flinn (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Flinn as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us and each of us; the words "Johanna Balwin" and "to be distributed by her to the most deserving of the poor people of St. John's" being first interlined, J.J. Dearin, M.J. O'Mara.
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 Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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