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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Lawlor


Will of Thomas Lawlor
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 260-261 probate year 1883

In re
      Thomas Lawlor deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Lawlor of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer,

First I give devise and bequeath unto my son Thomas Lawlor that portion of the farm purchased by me from John Bond situate on the eastern side of the Portugal Cove Road his northern boundary to be the Beaver Pond River and the eastern end of the Barn to the boundary of the adjoining farm owned by James Mackay together with all buildings and erections thereon and all cattle and farm stock now in his possession.

Second I give devise and bequeath unto my son Richard Lawlor the remainder of the said farm purchased from John Bond the same being adjoining the farm of Denis Walsh and including the barn on the said farm Also all the clear land now fenced adjoining Kent’s farm on the west side of the Portugal Cove Road also three cows and the mare and foal now known as his

Third I give devise and bequeath unto my son John Lawlor the farm with the field adjoining now occupied by me on the western side of the Portugal Cove Road together with all buildings and erections thereon and the cows not willed to my son Richard Lawlor

Fourth I give devise and bequeath the Horsegully farm situate on the western side of the Old Portugal Cove Road between Friendly Hall and Duder’s farm to my daughter Ann during her lifetime and after her decease to my three sons Thomas, Richard and John jointly.

Fifth, I give devise and bequeath to my sons Thomas, Richard and John jointly the grove of wood on the farm purchased from John Bond, the land not cleared on the farm now occupied by me on the western side of the Portugal Cove Road and all farming utensils of which I shall die possessed

Lastly I will and direct and I make it a charge upon the bequests to my sons Thomas Richard and John that while my daughter Kate shall remain single she shall receive from them jointly the sum of forty-eight dollars currency per month annum for her sole use and should she marry I will and direct that she shall receive from them the sum of forty dollars each upon her marriage day or one hundred and twenty dollars jointly.     In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and set my seal at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy-nine.    Thomas his X mark Lawlor (LS)     Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Lawlor as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (the same having been read over and fully explained in the presence of us both to the said Thomas Lawlor before his signing the same) the word “her” being interlined on the first page, Alex. Kerr, W. Olive Wood.

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 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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