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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael Kavanagh


Will of Michael Kavanagh
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 366 & 367 probate year 1841

In re
     Michael Kavanagh       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Michael Kavanagh of Saint John's Newfoundland being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament in writing It is my will that all my just debts funeral testamentary and other expenses shall be paid off and satisfied by my executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my decease. I give and bequeath unto my son Martin Kavanagh now aged about four years all my interest in and arising from the co-partnership created by deed and now subsisting between George Hoyles Banscombe and me under the style and title of Dunscombe and Kavanagh together with all profits arising or hereafter to arise therefrom I also give and bequeath to my said son a sum of one hundred and fifty pounds secured to me by the note of my executor hereinafter named and which note lies in my Desk at Saint John's aforesaid of which my said executor holds the key together with all debts that may be due to me at the time of my decease and all property of what kind or nature soever of which I may die seized or possessed or to which I may be entitled and my will is that in the event of the death of my said son before attaining his age of twenty one years all the property debts and share in said co-partnership hereinafter devised and bequeathed as aforesaid shall go to and be divided share and share alike between my sisters Mary Fennelly wife of John Fennelly of Clonmel in the County of Tipperary in the Kingdom of Ireland Merchant and Margaret Kavanagh also of Clonmel aforesaid Spinster, and in case my said son shall die before attaining his said age leaving one only of my said sisters him surviving then my will is that all my said property debts and share in said co-partnership shall go to be and enure for the sole benefit and advantage of such survivor And I hereby appoint James Kavanagh my brother of Trinidad in the West Indies Merchant and my executor hereinafter named Guardians of my said son and I appoint Patrick Keagh of Saint John's aforesaid Gentleman executor of this my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this eighteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one. M. Kavanagh (LS)
Signed by the said testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. John Fennelly.   Dominick Hanigan.

Certified Correct,
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 (March 24, 2003)

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