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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick McDonald


Will of Patrick McDonald
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 335 probate year 1858

In re
Patrick McDonald deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Patrick McDonald of Harbor Main being weak in health but of sound and sane memory do make this my last will and testament.    First I bequeath my soul to God its Creator and Redeemer and my body to the earth to be buried after a Christian decent like manner and as for what worldly goods I shall die possessed of I desire to be disposed in the manner and form following, I bequeath to my son George my fishing room that is to say my stage and flakes that are not built my dwelling house Cow house & cellar together with my plantation from the south west part of the By Rock in the back garden as far as my bounds run to the north east and all the cattle together with the mar I bequeath unto my daughter Mary from the north east part of the flake down as far as my bounds run to Nichs Lecores outside the fence and from the N.E. corner of the house across to the fence to the south east and from two Bids to the N.E. of the Rock up to the Southwest as far as the fence and on a strait line across and to the south east as far as my bounds run and a heifer calf to be given to John Hannen my grandson.    I bequeath to my daughter Catherine part of my ground from the southwest part of George’s ground to the north east part of Mary’s bounds on a strait line across to the south east with this exception that she cannot sell it I give and bequeath to James Goff part of my back ground say as much as will sow two barrels of seed potatoes.    I make and constitute John Joy and Peter Ezekiel executors to this my last will and testament.
Patrick his X mark McDonald.
Witness, John Gorman, Jeremiah Kennedy, Simon Gorman.    To which I affix my hand and seal
This was signed and sealed by the testator as his last will & testament in presence of the above witnesses the second of April in the year of our Lord 1839.

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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