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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Laurence Keefe


Will of Laurence Keefe
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 195-196 probate year 1855.
(These names are spelled Laurence and Lawrence, O'Keefe and Keef in the will; Lawrence Keef in the will index.)

In re
     Laurence O' Keefe      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Lawrence O' Keefe of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Shipowner I will and bequeath to my dearly beloved sons William Keefe, James Keefe, Thomas Keefe and Richard Keefe my schooner called the "Maria" with all her gear and materials as she is now lies in Harbor Grace also all my fishing room and property at Corbets Harbor Labrador To my dearly beloved wife Rebecca Keefe I give and bequeath all my money funded and unfunded for the use of herself and my three youngest children that is to say Edmund John Keefe, Michael Keefe and Frances Keefe I will and bequeath the ground I purchased from William Charles Saint John, Esquire, to my daughter Frances Keefe I give and bequeath my interest in the house I now live in to my wife Rebecca Keefe     I hereby nominate and appoint my dearly beloved wife Rebecca Keefe sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this twenty eight day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five A.D. 1855, the words "lies in Harbor Grace" interlined.
Lawrence his X mark Keefe (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered by the within named testator putting his mark and seal to this last will and testament the same having first been read over and explained to the said Lawrence Keefe in his hearing and in our hearing.
John Stark, Arehd Munn, Richard Condon.

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 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 AST)

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