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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Maguire


Will of John Maguire Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 339 & 340 probate year 1840.

In re
     John Maguire       deceased.

I John Maguire Ser. now residing on the north side of Torbay in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being weak in helth but of good and sound memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament as follows viz. that is to say that I give and bequeath unto my nephew Martin Maguire for ever my dwelling house all my outhouses three cows and all my land and all my household furniture. I also give and bequeath unto my aforesaid nephew Martin Maguire all the money that is due to me in the house of Messrs. James Stewart & Co. I also give unto him all the money that is due to me in the house of Messrs. Reinnes Stewart & Co. I also give unto him all the money that is due to me by Mrs. Mary Woodly also all the debts due to me by several persons hereby revoking and declaring voide all former wills or promises by me made.
In witness whereof I the said John Maguire Ser have to this my last will and testament in one sheet of paper and at my own request set my hand and sale this twenty ninth day of October in the year of oure Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, in presence of my nearest friends. John his X mark Maguire.
Witness by John Dela Power.    Pat. Farrell.

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 (October 30, 2002)

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