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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Kelly


Will of John Kelly
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 97 & 98 probate year 1830.

In the Estate of
     John Kelly       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Kelly of Black Head Bay in this Island Fisherman being of sound mind and memory but weak in Body, doth make and ordain this as my last will and Testament.
1st   I resign my body to the earth & my soul to my Creator.
2   I will and bequeath that my Property at Black head Bay consisting of about Two thousand five wood sticks, a skiff with her craft and the house & plantation together with the Potatoes now in the ground with whatever else that is there belonging to me shall be sold to the best advantage and whatever money that the same shall amount to shall be distributed as follows thirty shillings to be paid to the Roman Chatolic clergyman Mr. Hearn to celebrate four Mases for myself one for my father and another for my Brother and whatever that shall or may be left after defraying my Funeral expenses I will shall be transmitted to my mother Margaret Kelly who lives in Thomas Town in the County of Kilkenny in Ireland and I nominate constitute and appoint John Fitzgerald and Thos. Doyle of Blackhead Bay aforesaid Fisherman as executors to this my last will & testament.
Given at St. John's Newfoundland this twentyeth day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty. Jno his x mark Kelly.
In presence of us Dan. Breen.    Mathias Hyland.

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 (November 21, 2002)

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