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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Kavanagh


Will of John Kavanagh
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 336 probate year 1884

In re
      John Kavanagh deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I John Kavanagh of St. John’s Gentleman do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.     First I direct that my executors hereinafter named shall as soon as possible after my decease pay and discharge all my just and lawful debts funeral and testamentary expenses.    Second. To my executor hereinafter named I give devise and bequeath all and singular my goods chattels property and effects whatsoever to have hold receive and take the same in trust for my three daughters Eliza, Margaret and Ellen in equal shares amongst them such shares to be by them taken as separate estate free and clear of the debts liabilities and control of any husband.    Thirdly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend William P. Walsh of St. John’s merchant as executor of this my will and do revoke and declare null and void all former wills by me made.     Dated at St. John’s this 16th day of May A.D. 1881.    Jno. Kavanagh.     Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament on the day and date above written.    W.P. Walsh.     Robert J. Kent.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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