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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Richard Forristal


Will of Richard Forristal
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 286 probate year 1839

In re
     Richard Forristal       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Forristal late of the County of Wexford Ireland at present residing at St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper being weakly in body but of sound mind, thanks be given to God, and being desirous to prevent any disputes arising after my decease touching such wordly property as I now am or may be possessed of, do make and ordain this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke cancel and set aside all or any other will or wills testament or testaments made or said to have been made by me at any time heretofore. In the first place I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner under the direction of my executor. Secondly I desire that all my lawful debts may be paid with all convenient speed and that the sum of two pounds currency be given to Roman Catholic Clergyman for suffrages for my soul. Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my beloved cousin widow Mary Stafford relict of the late Patrick Stafford Shoemaker all my remaining property and effects whatsoever. Lastly I ordain appoint and constitute my beloved cousins the aforesaid widow Mary Stafford and Mr. Laurence O'Brien to be my sole executors and declare this and no other to be my last will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal at St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland this twenty day 20th of December 1838 eight. Richd Forristal. Witness in the presence of Laurance O'Brien.    John Kavanagh.   William Brazil.

Certified Correct,
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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 16, 2003)

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