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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Leary


Will of John Leary
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 66 & 67 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     John Leary       deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me John Leary, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland fisherman.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary the sum of four hundred and eighty dollars amount of money to my credit in the Savings Department of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Secondly I devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary the land and premises now occupied by me situate on McKay Street in the town of St. John's aforesaid for the term of her natural life and after the death of my said wife Mary the said land and premises shall be equally divided between my grandnephews Thomas Brien and John Brien and I now devise and bequeath the same to them, Thomas Brien taking the upstairs and John Brien the downstairs of my dwelling house.
Thirdly, I direct my wife Mary to pay to the very Rev. John Ryan Dean of St. Patrick out of the monies bequeathed to her in paragraph one of this my last will and testament the sum of twenty dollars for the celebration of masses for the repose of my soul.
Fourthly. I hereby appoint John Baker of St. John's aforesaid, carman, executor of this my last will and testament.
Fifthly. I hereby revoke all testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me
In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed by making my mark at St. John's aforesaid this seventh day of October A.D. 1905 John his x mark Leary.
Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us by making his mark who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the same having been first read over and explained and the word dispositions on line 2 page 3 having been first inserted. Maurice Colbert.    J.J. McCarthy.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of John Leary deceased
End D.M.B      D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
Aug 16/06
Emerson J.
granted to
John Butler
on the 17th
day of August
A.D. 1906
Estate sworn
at $920.00



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 25, 2002)

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