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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
George Kelly


Will of George Kelly
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 37 and 38 probate year 1917)

In re George Kelly deceased

In the Name of God Amen.
I George Kelly of County Kilkenny, Ireland, but now living in Lance Cove South Shore Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland fisherman and farmer being feeble in body but of perfect mind and memory do hereby make my last will and Testament.

In the first place I give and bequeath to George Kelly, my grandson that piece and parcel of land that is situated in Lance Cove and bounded as follows, East by my grandson William Kelly land, South by main road leading to Holyrood, West by John Kelly land, and north by the Pond. I also give to my grandson George Kelly the two outside gardens by the pond and flake. My waterside fishing premises is to be equally divided between Caleb Morgan and my grandson George Kelly. The Board etc. that was in my dwelling house, stables and cellar I have given to Caleb Morgan and George Kelly my said grandson to use about their own buildings.

My goods and chattels I give and bequeath to Mrs. Dinah Morgan. My grandson George Kelly is to have my clock. To Caleb Morgan I give and bequeath that piece or parcel of land situate in Lance Cove above named and bounded as follows: East by John Kearney, south by main road leading to Holyrood, West by Joseph Walsh's land, North by waste land belonging to William Walsh. I also give to Caleb Morgan the two outside south gardens one by the cellar and the other by the spot where my dwelling house was.

I give and bequeath to John Kelly my son two pieces of land to hold possession of until his death and after his death the said pieces of land are to go to those persons that now support me. Ing:(?) George Kelly my grandson and Caleb Morgan. I have claimed the said two pieces of land for seventy years, and No. one is bounded on the West by the late Richard Walsh's land. East by local road called George Kelly's road, North by the late Richard Walsh's land and south by local road {George Kelly's} No. two is bounded on the west by Joshua Kearney's land, east by William Kelly's land {my grandson} North by Lance Cove land and south by the main road. The children of my son the late Solomon Kelly are to hold possession of and enjoy the land I gave their father. Org: the land that his dwelling house was on, the kitchen garden, and the piece of waste land I gave my son Solomon.

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and discount all and every other former Testaments, wills legacies and bequests by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven George his X mark Kelly

Signed sealed, published promised and declared by the said George Kelly as his last Will and Testament {having first been read over} in the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Frances F. Furneaux, Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland Job Coates

Correct Charles H. Emerson Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Nov 3/17
adm c.t.a.
Nov 6/17
granted to
George Kelly Jr.
Wm. Lawrence,
R. McDonald
sworn at



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: August 17, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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