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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(G)
John Gunnip

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of John Gunnip
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 540 probate year 1848.

In re John Gunnip      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Gunnip of the Town of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being at present in a very delicate state of health but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament. First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be decently buried and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give devise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form, I desire and request that my watch shall be sold and the proceeds thereof to be given for offering up Masses for my soul. I give and bequeath my bed to my daughter Honora Gunnip Murphy. My brother Philip Gunnip of Richebucto in Nova Scotia left and bequeathed to me all such farm or farms of land, houses, tenements, goods, chattels or other property as he stood seized in or possessed at the time of his death, and I give and bequeath to my three daughters Honora Gunnip Murphy, Eliza Gunnip Thompson and Maria Gunnip Daughten, share and share alike and their heirs all the above described farm or farms of land, houses, tenements, goods, chattels or other property situate in Richebucto or that neighbourhood to me now belonging in and by virtue of the last will of my brother the late deceased Philip Gunnip. And I nominate and appoint James Murphy & William Thompson to be the executors and I utterly revoke and declare null and void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal at St. John's Newfoundland, this seventh day of August Anno Domini eighteen hundred and forty seven. John his X mark Gunnip (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Gunnip as and for his last will and testament in our presence, Laurence Macassey,   John Eagan.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of John Gunnip
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 123 to 126 probate year 1848.

In the name of God Amen. I John Gunnip of the Town of St. Johns in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being at present in a very delicate state of health but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be given unto God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament. First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be decently buried And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life, I give devise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form I desire and request that my watch shall be sold and the proceeds thereof to be given for offering up Masses for my soul. I give and bequeath my bed to my daughter Honora Gunnip Murphy. My brother Philip Gunnip of Richebucto in Nova Scotia left and bequeathed to me all such farm or farms of land, Houses, tenements, goods, chattels or other property as he stood seized in or possessed at the time of his death, and I give and bequeath to my three daughters Honora Gunnip Murphy, Eliza Gunnip Thomson and Maria Gunnip Laughten, share and share alike and their heirs all the above described farm or farms of land, houses, tenements, goods, chattels or other property situate in Richebucto or that neighbourhood to me now belonging in and by virtue of the last will of my brother the late deceased Philip Gunnip. And I nominate and appoint James Murphy and William Thomson to be the executors, and I utterly revoke and declare null and void all other wills and Testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set and subscribed my hand and seal at St. Johns Newfoundland this seventh day of August Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and forty seven. John his X mark Gunnip
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said John Gunnip as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence, Laurence Murphy(?),   John Eagan.

Newfoundland in the Supreme Court St Johns
To wit John Egan of St Johns in the Central District Dealer a subscribing witness to the foregoing paper writing, maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see John Gunnip set his mark to seal and deliver the said paper writing as and for his last will and testament in the presence as well of this Deponent as of Laurence Maccassey the other subscribing witness thereto and this Deponent further saith that the said paper writing was read over and explained to the said John Gunnip and that he fully understood the same And lastly this Deponent saith that the said Testator at the time of publishing his said will was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of Deponents knowledge and belief John Egan
Sworn before me at St Johns this ninth day of January A.D. 1848
Rob R.W. Lilly.   Commissioner of Affidavits.

 

 

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 Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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