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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Handlon


Will of Thomas Handlon
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 98 & 99 probate year 1830.

In the Estate of
     Thomas Handlon       deceased.

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Handlon native of Portugal Cove in the Island of Newfoundland Planter having sufficient warning of a speedy decease, though at present in perfect health of heart mind and senses do make this my last will and testament.
First I bequeat my soul to God who gave it
Second my body to dust from whence it came
Third my clock to my son Dennis and opposite to the clock there is to be one feather bed (bought out of the money that is already made) and gave to my son Michael the whole remains then my money & property is to be divided into four eaqual parts, between my wife my two sons, Dennis & Michael & my daughter Susanna my wish is that ye may continue together using the money in trade as I have done before ye to ye advantage remembering always that ye two (my wife & son Dennis in whose hands the money shall rest) keep I say the sum of Fifty pounds, fearing that a separation may take place between Dennis & Michael in after time, so as that Susannah may take her money the sum of Fifty pounds and her part of property with either of the two brothers for her life time, be well aware that my wife is to have that authority always in my house and the premises that she ever enjoyed in my time, while she lives or until she marries & then her part falls to the other three within mentioned. It is further understood that it is not in power of Susannah to sell any part of the property or claim any part of the Fifty pounds any other way than at the approbation or will of her mother or Dennis her brother who will supply her wants as the shall think fit or sufficient they holding both her money & property as their reuard. I likewise think fit to address myself to the last & youngest of the four within mentioned, that you will follow the advice of yr mother & brother do as they wish do or advise you, until you arrive to mature years to obtain your part, be you Michael well aware, that it is not, nor shall not, be in your power, by any transaction of yours, to sell, make over or convey into the hands of any person or persons, any part of these propertys without the approbation of yr Brother Dennis, whom I appoint sole Manager of these propertys. Speaking plain to ye again, I say, if Michael choose & Susannah also (when the said Michael may have an house of his own), if Dennis approves of the same Susannah may dwell with Michl. So my blessing I leave ye in the name of God.
Given under my hand Portugal Cove this ninth day of December one thousand eight hundred and twenty four. Thomas his x mark Handlon (LS)
Present John Purcell.   Martha Lawler.

Certified Correct,
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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 21, 2002)

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