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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Daniel MacDonald
from Newfoundland will books vol 12 pages 22 & 23 probate year 1921
In re Daniel MacDonald deceased
In the name of God, Amen. This is the last Will and Testament of me Daniel MacDonald, Engineer.
It is my will and desire that my Executor hereinafter appointed shall immediately after my death pay all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses.
I give, devise and bequeath to Rhoda, wife of John Peddle of St. John's carpenter, all my right, title and interest in and to that land and dwelling house situated on the East side of Queen Street in the St. John's aforesaid, and described in the deed of Sale from Sir William Lloyd. Administrator to me.
To Jessie MacDonald now residing in boston. USA widow of my late brother John MacDonald I bequeath the sum of One Thousand Dollars [$1,000.]
I bequeath to Alice Peddle, daughter of John Peddle the sum of One Thousand Dollars [$1,000.] and also my watch.
I bequeath to Annie Barry, niece of my late wife, now a nurse in a Hospital in Boston. USA the sum of Five Hundred Dollars [$500].
I bequeath to His Grace Archbishop Roche, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars [$500] to be applied to the fund for the purchase of a new Organ for St. Patrick's Church, St. John's.
I bequeath the sum of Two Hundred Dollars [$200)] to be distributed equally between His Grace Archbishop Roche. Rev. Dr. Kitchen. Rev. Father Pippy and Father P. Sheehan, for the celebration of Masses for the repose of the soul of my late wife. Winnifred and my soul.
I give, devise and bequeath to John Peddle my bed and bedding and all my personal effects.
I hereby appont F.J. Morris K.C. Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and former wills that may have been made by me.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at St. John's this 7th day of January A.D. 1921. Daniel his X mark MacDonald
Signed by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, both being present at the same time, who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto signed our names as witnesses: the said will having first been read over and explained to said Testator, who approved of same.
John Peddle. F.J. Morris
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
to Francis J. Morris
at $ 7.500 (?)
|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.
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