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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Michael Lahey

 

Will of Michael Lahey from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 111 to 114 probate year 1852

In re
     Michael Lahey      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Michael Lahey of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of sound memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say,
Imprimis it is my will and desire that out of the assets of my estate my executors hereinafter named shall after my decease pay and defray all my funeral expenses including a grave in Belvadier Burial ground and a head stone for the same such expenses not to exceed the sum of twenty pounds currency.
Secondly it is my will and desire that my executors shall pay all lawful debts that shall be due by me at my decease.
Thirdly, I devise and bequeath to His Lordship the Right Rev. Doctor Mullock Roman Catholic Bishop of Newfoundland and to his successors in the episcopacy of the said Island and to his and their executors and administrators in trust for ever for the use of the Roman Catholic Church of said Island all my land tenements and premises situate at Blockmakers Hall and now occupied by James Toole as yearly tenant thereof And I also give and bequeath to the said Rt. Rev. Doctor Mullock and his said successors and to his and their executors and administrators all my right title and interest which I now have or shall or may hereafter have in my land tenements and premises situate at River Head in St. John's aforesaid to hold the same in trust as aforesaid for said R. C. Church in said Island.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath the sum of twenty seven pounds currency to James Murphy of St. John's aforesaid for natural love and affection and in full satisfaction of all claims, debts, dues and demands he may now have or shall have at or after my death against me.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto Margaret Murphy sister of the said James Murphy of St. John's aforesaid, Spinster, the sum of seventeen pounds currency for her own use and benefit clear of the control of all other persons whomsoever, the same to be taken by her from me as a token of affection and in full satisfaction of all claims or demands she may have on my estate-
Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto Mary Murphy daughter of the said James Murphy the sum of five pounds currency for her own use and benefit and free of the control of all other persons.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto John Murphy of st. John's Fisherman the sum of twenty seven pounds currency in consideration of natural love and affection and in full satisfaction of all demands he may have on me.
Eighthly, I give and bequeath unto James McCarthy of St. John's fisherman the sum of ten pounds currency in consideration of natural love and affection and in full discharge of all demands he may have against me.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto Michael Moore of St. John's aforesaid Fisherman the sum of ten pounds currency as a token of affection and in full discharge of all demands he may have against me.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath unto the said Right Rev. Doctor Mullock as such R. C. Bishop aforesaid and to his successors as aforesaid and to his and their executors and administrators the sum of fifty pounds currency to aid in the erection and completion of the new Convent now in course of erection and adjoining the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John's aforesaid, And I also give and bequeath unto him and them the further sum of fifty pounds currency to aid in the completion of the said Cathedral.
Eleventh, I give and bequeath unto the said Right Reverend Doctor Mullock as such Roman Catholic Bishop aforesaid and to his successors as aforesaid and to his and their executors and administrators the further sum of twenty one pounds currency to be paid and appropriated by them for High Masses for the good of the soul of my beloved wife Margaret and for the good of my own poor soul.
Twelfth I give devise and bequeath all the rest remainder and residue of all my moneys lands tenements hereditaments goods chattels debts and effects of every kind whatsoever and wheresoever situate and being unto the said Right Reverend Doctor Mullock as such R. C. Bishop aforesaid and to his successors as aforesaid in the said Island and to his and their executors & administrators in trust for the use and benefit of the said Roman Catholic Church in the said Island. And I do will and desire that the said Right Rev. Doctor Mullock as such R. C. Bishop aforesaid and his successors in the episcopacy of the said Island shall and will from time to time have cause and procure Masses to be said for the good of my poor soul and that of my beloved wife in consideration of the bequests so made by me to the said Church as aforesaid and for the charitable purposes aforesaid.
Lastly, I do hereby appoint Peter Brennan Esquire of St. John's aforesaid Merchant, and the said James Murphy Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I the said Michael Lahey do hereunto set my hand and affix my seal at St. John's aforesaid this ninth day of November Annoque Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
Michael his X mark Lahey (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named testator as his last will and testament being first read over and explained to him in our presence,
John Little,     Michael Harding.

The following is the codicil of the within named Michael Lahey to the within will. I the within named Michael Lahey having by the within will given in the fourth bequest thereof the sum of twenty seven pounds currency to James Murphy I do hereby revoke said bequest to him and I do hereby give and bequeath to him in lieu thereof the sum of fifteen pounds currency for his own use, And I will bequeath and give to Mrs. Norry Clooney wife of Martin Clooney, farmer, the sum of twelve pounds currency free of her husband's control and for her own disposal and having by the seventh bequest of the within will given the sum of twenty seven pounds cury to the within named John Murphy I do hereby revoke said bequest to him And in lieu thereof I give him thirteen pounds and ten shillings currency for his own use And I will bequeath and give to Mrs. Bridget Murphy wife of James Murphy (in whose house I now live) the sum of thirteen pounds and ten shillings curry for the use of the said Bridget Murphy free of the control of her husband or any other person.
Dated the 25th March 1852. I do hereby confirm all other parts of the within will.
Michael his X mark Lahey.
Witness (being first read over to testator)
John Little,     Peter Brennan

The following is a further codicil to the annexed will and codicil thereon of Michael Lahey of sT. John's Newfoundland, I Michael Lahey, do hereby revoke the bequest to John Murphy contained in the codicil endorsed on the annexed will by which bequest I left him the sum of thirteen pounds and ten shillings which I take from him altogether and dispose thereof as follows, that is to say, I give and bequeath five pounds currency part thereof to Michael Moore in the said will named for his care and attention to me in my sickness and in full satisfaction of all demands he may have against me,     I also will and bequeath the sum of eight pounds and ten shillings currency further part thereof to Bridget Murphy wife of James Murphy in whose house I now live, for her own use and benefit and free of the control of her husband and in full satisfaction of all demands he or she may have against me. And I do hereby confirm all other parts of the said will not hereby revoked and also all parts thereof not revoked by the codicil thereon endorsed and I do likewise confirm all parts of said codicil not hereby revoked-
Given under my hand and seal at St. John's this twenty ninth day of April A.D. 1852.
Michael his X mark Lahey (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared as a second codicil to the said annexed will by the said testator in presence of,
John Little,     Peter Brennan.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar

 

 

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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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