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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Timothy Heagan
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 200 & 201 probate year 1835
Timothy Heagan deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Timothy Heagan of the Parish of Rosberlcan in the County of Kilkenny Ireland but now residing in St. John's Newfoundland being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say,
First I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner.
Secondly I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Heagan all and singular my house lands cattle and property of every description belonging to me in this world in testimony and in return for the affection care and kindness she always bestowed on me to be wholly at her disposal after my decease.
Thirdly, it is my will and desire that after the death of my beloved wife aforesaid the small Field adjoining the river and at the eastern extremity of my land of between one fourth and one half an acre shall become the joint property of my two godsons Michael Thorpe and Thomas Quigley as a token of my affection towards them.
Fourthly I will and desire that the sum of Fifteen pounds currency shall be paid by my wife to the Rt. Revd. Doctor Fleming to be applied for the spiritual comfort of my soul.
Fifthly and Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends James Fogarty Richard Barnes and Bartholomew Knox as my true and lawful executors to see that this my last will and testament shall be carried into full effect.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty two hereby revoking and cancelling all former wills and deeds made by me. Timothy his x mark Heagan (LS) In presence of us James Fogarty, Richd Barnes,
Bartholomew Knox, John Sheals.
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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