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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Reverend John Forristall


Will of Reverend John Forristall
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 27 & 28 probate year 1851.

In re
     Reverend John Forristall       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I the Reverend John Forristall, Roman Catholic Clergyman, being weak in health but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say,
First, I bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds to the Right Reverend Doctor Mullock towards the erection of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the town of St. John's.
Second, I further bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds to the said Dr. Mullock towards the erection of the Convent House and school now in course of erection for the sisters of the Presentation Order of Nuns in St. John's
Third, I further bequeath the sum of five pounds to each of the following Roman Catholic Clergyman, viz, the Rev. Fathers O'Neal, Condon, Clewny, Kyran Walsh, O'Donnell, Viricar, O'Connor, Waldron and Elward, O'Keefe and Cummins, all residing in the Diocese of Newfoundland for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul.
Fourth, I further bequeath to the Rev. Kyran Walsh five pounds for the benefit of Dr. Fleming's soul.
Fifth, I further bequeath my best suit of vestments and gilt chalice to the Right Reverend Dr. Mullock for his sole use and benefit and one suit of vestments for the use of the Presentation Convent of St. John's and the remainder of my vestments to the Rev. William Forristall my beloved brother.
Sixth, I further bequeath the jib of ground given to me by Father Waldron to my executors for the use of the Roman Catholic Church of Newfoundland subject to the controul of the Bishop thereof in all times.
Seventh, I bequeath a suit of mourning each to the servants in the Palace, and also to Joseph Woods and Mrs. Vinicombe my nursetender.
Lastly I bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels and effects of all kinds to the said Rev. William Forristall for his sole use and benefit with a charge to expend so much thereof in the education of my nephew William Frips as he may deem proper. And I hereby revoke all former wills by me made and appoint the Rev. William Forristall and Philip F. Little Executors of this my last will and testament who shall pay all my just debts immediately after my decease.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of November A.D. 1850. John Forristall. Witness, P.F. Little,   Thomas Woods.

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 (December 16, 2002)

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