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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Matthew Gleeson
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 384 & 385 probate year 1842
Matthew Gleeson deceased.
In the name of God Amen: I Matthew Gleeson of the Town of Bethlehem in the County of Albany and State of New York being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament to be executed by my executors hereafter mentioned,
1st I will that all my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid out of my property by my executors,
2nd I will and bequeath to my wife Johana to her and to her heirs forever the one equal third part of all my real and personal property,
3rd I will and bequeath the rest and residue of my estate to Michael Gleeson, John Gleeson, Edward Gleeson, and Mathew Gleeson sons and heirs and to Ann Gleeson, Elizabeth Mary Gleeson, Johana Margaret Gleeson daughters and heirs, to them and to their heirs share and share alike except Mathew Gleeson one of the beforementioned sons who is now in the Island of Newfoundland under the care and protection of Michael Mara his grandfather who shall receive the above gift or grant in case his said grandfather shall not will give or grant to him the said Mathew Gleeson an amount of property equal or more than equal to the above gift grant or share and not otherwise, and in case the said Mathew Gleeson shall not receive from his said grandfather a share of his property equal to the above grant or more than equal to the same then the above gift or grant by these presents shall be divided equally among the remainder of my sons and daughters above mentioned share and share alike.
4th I will that my infant children shall be under the care and protection of my executors hereinafter mentioned to be educated and supported out of my said estate and they receive from the said executors their respective portions of the said estate as they shall become of age respectively and be entitled to the same by these presents and in case of the death of either of the above mentioned sons or daughters his her or their share shall be divided equally among the surviving sons and daughters share and share alike and to their heirs in like manner
I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Johana executrix and Thomas Gough my executor to carry the above will into effect with full power and authority to sell and dispose of any part portion or all of my real or personal property and deeds and conveyances to make therefore and to ratify and confirm at their pleasure a certain power of attorney given to Thomas Mara of the Town of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, given in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty three for the purpose of settling certain claims and demands in favour of me the said Mathew Gleeson and therein expressed, November 28th 1823. Mathew Gleeson, (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Mathew Gleeson to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator, 28th Novr. 1823. Mich'l O'Neill, Nicholas Rowe, C. Sackrider & all signed in presence of each other.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)
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