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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Martin Furlong


Will of Martin Furlong
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 323-324 probate year 1884

In re
      Martin Furlong deceased.

In 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 set forth.
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. J. Murphy.

Certified correct,
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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