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Will of Michael Howley
This is the last will and testament of me Michael Howley Esquire of New Perlican in Trinity Bay South, in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant, First, I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease- I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Howley all my household furniture together with my house and plantation near New Perlican called "Lake View" all the stock and implements thereon my store and establishment in the Harbor of New Perlican and all property therein contained. I also give devise and bequeath to the said Mary Howley the several sums hereinafter mentioned, namely, two hundred and fifty pounds currency now on mortgage to Peter Doucheman of Saint John's, Blockmaker, at seven per cent per annum interest- Two hundred and fifty pounds currency in the stock of the Saint John's Water Company bearing interest at five per cent, Sixty pounds currency in the Newfoundland Savings Bank bearing interest at three per cent- and fifty pounds sterling invested in the Atlantic Telegraph Cable of 1865 the interest in which is at present uncertain, together with any other property not mentioned herein of which I may be in possession at the time of my decease subject to the conditions hereinafter mentioned, namely, It is my will and particular desire that my nephew John Mullally should be supported and educated out of the aforesaid estate untill he arrives at the age of seventeen years, provided he at all times conducts himself to the satisfaction of his aunt the aforesaid Mary Howley and that she can afford said support and education which is not to exceed twenty pounds curry per annum.
It is also my will and desire that the aforesaid bequests shall be enjoyed by the said Mary Howley during the term of her natural life she being at liberty at any time if she thinks fit to dispose of Lake View and the store and premises in the Harbor of New Perlican the proceeds thereof to be placed at interest in some Government or other good security for the benefit of the estate and when it pleases God to call her out of this life, It is my will and desire and I do hereby bequeath that the residue of my estate shall belong to the Right Revd John Dalton Roman Catholic Bishop of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland or his successors for the purpose of establishing a Roman Catholic Mission in the South shore of Trinity Bay aforesaid I will & devise that out of said estate or residue of estate that the sum of one hundred pounds Newfoundland currency be paid to the Right Revd John T. Mullock Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's or to his successor for Roman Catholic purposes in said Diocese. I appoint my said wife Mary Howley as my sole executrix-
Michael Howley (LS) Signed sealed and delivered at New Perlican this the twenty first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven in the presence of us as witnesses, John O'Connor, Ellen Dowsley.
Codicil I will & devise that out of said estate or residue of estate there shall be an annual High Mass & office for the repose of my soul on the anniversary of my death Michael Howley. Witnesses, John O'Connor, Ellen Dowsley.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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