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Will of Lawrence Furlong
In the name of God Amen. I Lawrence Furlong of Saint John’s Dealer do make and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament. I will and bequeath all my leasehold interest in and to that land and tenements opposite the Orphan Asylum in the Queens Road to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John’s and his successors for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul and that of my late wife- I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency to the Most Reverend Dr. Power Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John’s I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to my niece Eliza Conway- I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to my niece Catherine Hayse. To my nephew Andrew Furlong I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency. To my nephew John Furlong I will and bequeath my watch and chain. I will and bequeath the sum of sixty pounds to my friend William White, Shoemaker. I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency to my friend Edward Murphy of St. John’s Carpenter. To my friend William Aspel of St. John’s, Cooper I will and bequeath ten pounds currency. I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to the Very Reverend Father O’Connor of Portugal Cove and also the sum of twenty pounds towards the improvement of his church at that place. To the Very Reverend Thomas McGrath I bequeath the sum of five pounds for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul. For the like object and purpose I will and bequeath a like amount to each of the following Roman Catholic Clergyman, namely, the Reverend Fathers Roach, Ryan, Scott, Delaney, Fitzpatrick and Forristal. I will and desire that the sum of fifty pounds be expended in and about my funeral and burial and the celebration of two High Masses for the repose of my soul and any balance that may remain of said fifty pounds shall be given to such deserving poor of St. John’s as my executors may deem worthy. The sum of six pounds to be expended in painting and keeping in repair my railing about my burial ground. The sum of ten pounds to be given to Bridget Farrell my servant now living in my house. The sum of fifty pounds to be given in aid of the building of St. Patrick’s Chapel, Riverhead, St. John’s. To my niece Joanna Murphy of Tinnie Carrig County Wexford Ireland the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds currency. The sum of two hundred and seventy pounds now in the Union Bank of Newfoundland is to be left at present for my own private use whilst living should any remain unexpended after my decease it shall be given by my executor to the poor who may be most in need of it. I bequeath all my household furniture and effects in the house I now occupy to my executors to be by them distributed according to my instructions. I hereby revoke and declare null all former and other wills by me made and do nominate and appoint my said friends William White Edward Murphy and William Aspell executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five at St. John’s aforesaid.
Lawrence Furlong. Signed by the said testator in our presence who in his presence at this request and in the presence of each other have hereto set our hands as witnesses on the day and year above written, Robert J. Kent, Michael Rourke.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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