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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John McDonald
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 447 & 448 probate year 1905
In re the Estate of John McDonald deceased
This is the last will and testament of me John McDonald of the old Bay Bulls road near St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland farmer.
- First, I devise and bequeath unto my son Michael the piece or parcel of land together with the dwelling house and all other erections thereon and on which I now reside and which is bounded on the south by the old Bay Bulls Road on the north by the south River on the east by property of Andrew McDonald and on the west by property of one Cormack on his attaining the age of thirty years
- Secondly, I devise and bequeath unto my son Thomas all that piece or parcel of land known as "Quinns Farm" situate on Doyles Road and bounded on the west by Doyles Farm on the East by land of Andrew McDonald on the nouth(?) by Doyles Road and on the north by the nouth(?) River on his attaining the age of twenty-one years.
- Thirdly, I hereby direct my said sons Michael and Thomas, to assist my said sons John and Andrew with the necessary clothing and whatever else may be required until they have acquired trades of their own choice and if necessary to support and maintain them until they have acquired trades as aforesaid and I hereby give my said sons John and Andrew the right to claim against my said sons Michael and Thomas for the said support and maintenance during their time of apprenticeship.
- Fourthly I give and bequeath to my said son Michael all the live stock on my farm but he must deliver to my son Thomas on his attaining the age of twenty six years two cows and one horse.
- Fifthly I direct my son Michael, that on my son Thomas attaining the age of twenty six years he is to help him to build a dwelling house on the farm bequeathed to him in the second paragraph herein.
- Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my son Michael all my farming utensils and machinery of every description and also my waggons, carts carriages, sleighs and slides but this bequest is subject to the right of my son Thomas to have the use of the aforesaid articles if he should so desire.
- Seventhly, I hereby give my daughters Johanna, Elizabeth Alice and Anastatia the right to live in the dwelling house bequeathed to my son Michael as long as they so desire provided they are unmarried and I direct my said son Michael to support and maintain them in a decent manner whilst the so remain with him but my said daughters must work and help Michael in the discharge of the household and farm duties.
- Eighthly, I direct that until my said son Michael attains the age of twenty six years he must work the farm for the benefit of himself and his brothers and sisters.
- Ninthly, I hereby appoint Edward Connolly of the Bay Bulls Road sole executor of this my last will and testament.
- Tenthly, I hereby revoke all testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me.
In witness whereof, I have hereto my hand subscribed by me by my mark at St. John's aforesaid this twenty third day of January Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and five John his X mark McDonald.
Signed by the said testator by making his mark as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us 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 Edward Connolly, J. J. McCarthy.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the will and testament of John McDonald
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
March 3 1905
on the 6th day
of March A.D.
|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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