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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Michael Henesy
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 82 to 84 probate year 1829.
This name is spelled Henesy and Hennessey in the will, and Henesy in the Will Index.
In the Estate of
Michael Henesy deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Michael Henesy of Carbonear Planter being infirm in body but in perfect health do make and ordain this my last will and testament in form following: that is to say I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently inured at the discretion of my executors and touching such worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I will and bequeath in the following manner and form:
I bequeath unto my eldest son Maurice Henesy a part of a plantation situated between the two pathways with a dwelling house situated within the boundaries thereof: also a piece of land on the north side of the path bounded on the north by Michael Furlong's fence on the south by the path going into the woods on the east by part of the same plantation and on the west by Michael Shea's fence also a feather bed: he is neither to mortgage nor sell the said plantations also should he die without issue the plantations are to be divided between my children then living also he is not to possess any part of said plantations personally until he is arrived to the age of twenty six years until then he is to aid and assist in rearing and supporting his brothers and sisters and in paying Mrs. Thomas Foley the rent: a feather bed, the other bed is for the use of the children until Richard come to age
I bequeath unto Patrick Henesy my next eldest son and Andrew Michael and Richard the upper plantation from Maurice Henesy's bounds unto John Hamilton's to be divided into equal parts for each of the above said my children also the plantation adjoining Daniel Connors bounded by his fence on the east by William Hartnott on the west on the north by William Morey and on the south by the path going into the woods and is to be divided between them in the same manner and form as above mentioned. I bequeath also unto my second eldest son Patrick Henesy one half my dwelling house that is to say the kitchen and the two rooms above stairs at the same end:
unto my fourth eldest son Richard Henesy I bequeath the other half that is to say the parlour and the rooms above also the cabbage garden at the back of the house to be divided between them both, neither Patrick nor Richard Henesy are to hold possession personaly of the said house until they are arrived to the age of twenty six years in succession but to aid and assist each other in rearing their brothers and sisters and paying Thomas Foley the rent:
I bequeath unto my third and fourth eldest sons Andrew and Michael Henesy the garden adjoining the oats and the sellers to be divided between them both neither of them are to hold possession of the said garden nor seller personaly until they are arrived unto the age of twenty six years but are to aid and assist each other in rearing and supporting their brothers and sisters and in paying Thomas Foley the rent:
I bequeath unto my eldest daughter Ellenor Hennessey the house situated west of my dwelling house with the garden in front and the household furniture that is now in my dwelling house with all her mothers clothes she is to give an equal proportion of said clothing unto Margaret Mary and Catherine Henesy her younger sisters also the household furniture she is to give them an equal proportion and in case should they be unfit for use she is to pay them an equal share according to the defect of such articles she is not to take nor hold possession of the house nor garden until she arrives to the age of twenty one years until then she is to remain with her brothers and sisters in the dwelling house that I now possess and in consequence of her being lawfully married at that age and not before she is to take with her Catherine her younger sister and do for her until she is of age able to support herself and should she misbehave or act in any form contrary to the rules of her Church or sex she is to be excluded from any part of share of what I now bequeath her but is to be divided in equal parts between her younger sisters.
I bequeath unto my second eldest daughter Margaret Henesy thirty six feet east and west fifty feet north and south on the plantation adjoining William Hartnott fence but not take nor hold possession until she is lawfully married
to my third eldest daughter Mary Henesy I bequeath thirty six feet east and west fifty feet north and south on the plantation bounded by John Hamilton on the east by the pathway on the south but not to take nor hold possession until she be lawfully married
unto my youngest daughter Catherine I bequeath thirty six feet east and west and that breath from the pathway on the north to the path way on the south bounded by Thomas Fanton on the west and by Maurice Henesy on the east
also my fishing room situated in dead Island Harbour Labrador to be sold or rented for the support of my children
I likewis make and ordain James Walsh Michael Keefe and William Burke my executors of this my last will and testament
I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments and wills by me made in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven
Signed sealed and pronounced by the said Michael Henesy as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. Michl Henesy
Witness James Walsh Michael his x mark Keefe. Thomas White. William Burke.
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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