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Will of Bridget Keefe
In the name of God Amen. I Bridget Keefe of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament I direct in the first place that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my daughter Allice Keefe out of the property and effects which I Hereinafter bestow upon her I hereby give and bequeath to my said daughter Allice Keefe the whole of my dwelling house in which I now reside with all the outhouses and buildings belonging thereto with all the land and gardens attached together with the stock in trade household furniture and everything thereunto belonging and to her heirs forever
I give devise and bequeath the whole of the waterside premises and property to my two daughters Catherine Courtney and Allice Keefe their heirs and assigns for ever share and share alike with the yearly rent accruing therefrom the said premises and property being now in the occupancy of James Jarvis. All my land on both sides of the Race Course at the north of the town of Harbor Grace aforesaid I give devise and bequeath to my said daughters Catherine Courtney and Allice Keefe, their heirs and assigns for ever share and share alike. All the money which I hold in Debentures or Government Security with the interest arising therefrom with all other money I may be possessed of I give and bequeath to my said daughter Allice Keefe for her sole use and benefit subject to the following condition that she pay or cause to be paid the sum of fifty (£50) pounds currency to my granddaughter Anna Barry three years after my decease. And further it is my will that no part of the property hereby given to my said daughters Catherine Courtney and Allice Keefe shall be sold or disposed of to strangers but they or their heirs shall be at liberty to sell and dispose of the same between themselves- And further it is my will that the sum of five pounds be paid to the Revd John Walsh and the like sum of five pounds be paid to the Revd John O’Connor for Masses for the good of my soul. And I hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends Robert Walsh and Claudius Watts executors to this my last will and testament and direct that neither of them shall be held responsible in any way for anything connected with my estate but that my daughter Allice Keefe shall act under the advice of the said executors or either of them And I do hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed and set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six A.D. 1876.
Bridget her X mark Keefe (LS) the within instrument of one sheet was signed by the testatrix in the presence of each of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses and at her request she declaring this to be her last will and testament having been first read over and fully explained. The words “with all other money I may be possessed of” being interlined at the top of the second page. James Bolger, Denis Shea.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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