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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James P. Howley


Will of James P. Howley
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 64 and 65 probate year 1918)

In re James P Howley       deceased

This is the last will and Testament of me James P. Howley, of St. John's in the island of Newfoundland, Geologist. I revoke all former wills by me at anytime made, and I appoint my son William R. Holly and my son-in-law John G. McCarthy the Executors of this my will: I give and bequeath all my property of any kind to my said Executors upon trust in the first place to pay there out my debts and my testamentary and funeral expenses, and thereafter in the second place to permit my wife to use and enjoy the rents income and profits thereof during her life, and in the third place upon the death of my said wife to distribute the same as follows, namely: to my three daughters of Margaret, Katherine, and Elizabeth, two thousand dollars each; To my three sons William, Richard, and James, one thousand dollars each: to my daughters Katherine and Elizabeth in equal shares as tenants in common, my two houses Numbers 13 and 15, Military Rd. St. John's, notwithstanding the settlement of No. 13 military Road heretofore made by me in favor of my wife: To the Mount Cashel school of industry, two hundred dollars. To Belvedere orphanage, the Church of England orphanage, and the Methodist orphanage, one hundred dollars each: to St. Vincent de Paul Society and Dorcas Society, one hundred dollars each: and all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to my grandchildren living at the death of my said wife, in equal shares, witness my hand at St. John's this eighteenth day of June 1914 James P. Howley

Signed, Published, and Decleared by the Testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request hereonto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting to the due execution hereof;- Charles O'Neill Conroy K. Smith

- Codicil 1 I wish to join the name of my son James M.F. Howley as joint executor with the two above named. I also desire to provide for the education of my grandson James Thomas Howley the sum of $40 per annum out of the residue of my estate. James P. Howley

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Jan 22/18
Jan 24/18
WR Howley
Jas McCarthy
Jas M Howley
sworn at



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 7, 2001 (Ivy Benoit) September 15, 2001

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