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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Martin Furlong
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 323-324 probate
Martin Furlong deceased.
the name of God Amen. I Martin Furlong of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Tidewaiter do make
publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.
First I will and direct that my executors hereinafter named shall as
soon as possible after my decease pay and discharge all my just debts and funeral
and testamentary expenses.
Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret all
my lands and premises with the dwelling houses erected thereon situate on the
south side of Playhouse Hill and on the north side of Duckworth Street in St.
John’s aforesaid for her to have and take the rents issues and profits
thereof during her lifetime. I also give and bequeath
to my said wife all interests to accrue due on all debentures and other investments
of money of which I may die possessed to take and use the same for her own benefit
during her lifetime. I also give and bequeath
to my said wife for her own use and benefit during her lifetime all other property
of whatsoever nature or kind the same may be of which I may die possessed but
it is my express will and desire and I make the above bequests to my said wife
on the condition that in the event of her marrying again she shall by that act
forfeit all claim and interest in and to my said property and estate and under
this my will and on the happening of such event all my said property and effects
shall immediately go and be disposed of as is provided in the third bequest herein
Third. From and after the death of my said wife or in the event of
her marrying again then immediately upon the happening of such event I give devise
and bequeath all and singular my lands and premises debentures and investments
aforesaid with all and singular such other moneys property and effects of whatsoever
nature or kind the same may be of which I may die possessed in manner following
that is to say. One half thereof to the Benevolent Irish Society of St. John’s
in trust for the use and benefit of the schools established in the said Society’s
Hall in St. John’s under the care of the Christian Brothers, the same to
be expended in such way as the said Society may from time to time direct and
appoint, and the other half to the Most Reverend the Bishop of St. John’s
for the time being and his successors Bishop’s of the said Diocese to be
by him taken and held in trust for the use and benefit of the Roman Catholic
Orphanage at Belvidere in St. John’s.
Fourthly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Margaret as
executrix of this my will and do revoke and declare null and void all former
and other wills by me heretofore made. Witness
my hand at St. John’s this 13th day of May Anno Domini 1881. Martin
Furlong. Signed by the testator as and
for his last will and testament in presence of us, Robert J. Kent, Jas.
D. M. Browning
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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