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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas McDonald


Will of Thomas McDonald
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 169 & 170 probate year 1833

In re
     Thomas McDonald       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. Know all men by these presents that I Thomas McDonnald of the County of Kilkinney Parish of Templeorum Ireland, but now living in the vicinity of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper and Farmer and in my perfect sences and intellect but feeble and weak in body, I bequeath my soul to God my body to the earth, I bequeath to my beloved children John Thomas & Michael all my right title and interest for ever in the house and plantation I now occupy on the New Road leading from Waterford Bridge for which there is a Government Grant of Four acres and a petition for twenty acres more, It is further my will and pleasure that if either of my beloved children aforesaid John, Thomas or Michael should wish to withdraw or sell their part thereof Its my will and pleasure that him or them shall sell it to the brother or brothers remaining or holding the premises at a fair valuation by arbitration. I bequeath to my beloved wife Mary for and during her lifetime a certain premises on the Beech in Saint John's aforesaid with houses thereon at present occupyed by Mrs. Johnston and Laurence Crane and after her death the property to be equally divided between all my beloved children Jerremiah, Mary, John, Thomas, Catherine, William Edward, Michael, Margrett, & Allice, I also bequeath to my beloved wife Mary a certain premises at River Head for and during the lease thereof and after her death the premises to be devided between all my children aforesaid, Jerrimiah, Mary, John, Thomas, Catherine, William, Edward, Michael, Margrett & Allice, All of which is to have hold occupy and enjoy for and during the full terms aforesaid, It is further understood that this is to nullify all former wills or testaments And I do declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, given from under my hand and seal this forth day of March in the year of our Loard one thousand eight hundred and thirty three and where no stamp paper is used and in the presence of Thomas his X mark McDonald (LS) Witness present Joseph O'Donnell,   Patrick Buckley.   Samuel White.

I do hereby authorise and empower Mr. Collem Raftus and Richard Arapell to be my executors to see this my last will and testament carried into effect. St. John's NfLand 4th March 1833. Thomas his X mark McDonald Witness present Joseph O'Donnell,   Patrick Buckley,    Samuel White.

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 (February 18, 2003)

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