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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Howley


Will of William Howley
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 491 to 493 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of William Howley       (deceased)

In the name of God, Amen. I William Howley of St. John's Newfoundland, gentleman being of sound mind, hereby revoking all former wills, do make this my last will and testament and I appoint James F. Parker Esq. Merchant of the firm of Parker & Monroe of this city to be my sole executor after the payment of my just debts, testamentary expenses, and the cost of proper Christian burial. I will, devise, and bequeath, to the under mentioned the whole of my estate as follows, viz

(the dollar amounts are written numerically in the margin next to the following list)
(each time it says "do" it means ditto to the line above)

$2000.00 Two thousand dollars to my sisterO Morris
$1000.00 One thousand do to do brother Rev. R. Howley
$2000.00 Two thousand do to do do Rt. Rev. M. T. Howley,
$2000.00 Two thousand do to do do Jas. P. Howley, F.G.S.
$2000.00 Two thousand do to do sister Anne Howley
$2000.00 Two thousand do to do niece Annie Morris
$2000.00  Two thousand do to do do Emily Howley
$2000.00 Two thousand do to do doMaggie Howley
$1000.00 One thousand do do do doMary Howley
$1000.00 One thousand do do do doKaty Howley
$1000.00 One thousand do do do doLizzie Howley
(written sideways next to the nieces names it says daughters of J.P.H.)
$3000.00 Three thousand do do do nephewDr. E. Howley
$2000.00 Two thousand do do do doEd. St J. Howley
$500.00 Five hundred do do do nieceJulia Howley
$500.00  Five hundred do dotheir oldest daughter
$2000.00 Two thousand do doBelvedere Orphanage
$1000.00 One thousand dofor repairs R.C. Cathedral
$3000.00 Three thousand do to my friend B.K.K Belcher N.Y.
$500.00 Five hundred do my GodsonPatk Kent
500.00  Five hundred do to my nephew Rev. A. Howley
500.00 Five hundred do to Ladies St. V. de Paul
500.00 Five hundred do to gentlemen do
300.00 Three hundred do to Dorcas Society St. J.
1000.00 One thousand do to Home for Incurables
1000.00 One thousand do to Convalescent Home
1500.00 Fifteen hundred to my nephewW.R. Howley
500.00 Five hundred to my nephewRich. Howley, R.N.
500.00 Five hundred to my nephewJames Howley
500.00 Five hundred to my friendJ.F. Parker
500.00 Five hundred for Masses for myself and Parents


My executor is to dispose of my 4% N.F. Govt. Debentures at the market rate, and pay all my bequests in Newfoundland currency. The amount bequeathed to my brother Rev. D.V. Howley is to be paid to him in such amounts as my executor may see fit, and the amounts bequeathed to minors are to be put in the Savings Bank of the N.F. Govt until they attain their majority - all these bequests are to be paid only provided the parties be living at my decease, and if any of my nieces should join a religious order of any kind the sum bequeathed to them shall become null and void, as they will not need it. The residue and remainder is to be disposed of in charities, or in any benevolent manner my executor may see fit.
Wm. Howley. St. John's N.F. November 12th, 1902

Codicil that my Gold watch and chain Signet ring Books and effects are to be given to my nephew W.R. Howley if he be living at the time of my decease W. Howley

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and codicil of William Howley.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
June 6/05
Chief Justice
Probate granted
on the 6th day of
June A.D. 1905
to James F
$58,896.74(the first and third number could be 3)



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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 22, 2002

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