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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Catherine McGrath


Will of Catherine McGrath
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 246 & 247 probate year 1837

In re
     Catherine McGrath       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Catherine McGrath Relict of the late John McGrath formerly living at Mosquitto but now residing in this Town being weak in body but of sound mind and of strong memory blessed be to the Almighty God, I now do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz-
First I will and bequeath that all my funeral expenses be first paid out of my property hereafter mentioned.
Secondly that my worthy and well beloved friends John Smith and Anthony Wm. Godfrey to be my executors.
Thirdly I will and bequeath that my beloved son and law James Fox is to be sole guardian over all my property and family now under his charge, say all my grandchildren as hereafter mentioned during his life time and that the whole of my property shall be under his management for the real and true support of my grandchildren for the time to come equally so as it is at present and that none of it can be sold to any person or persons for any debts that he may contract in any business in any way whatever But it shall always remain for the true support of my grandchildren untill the whole of them are of age, he can also sell or mortgage any part of my property hereafter mentioned for the true support of my grandchildren, say, Johanna, James, John, Catherine and Mary Fox.
Forthly, I will and bequeath unto my grandchildren James and John Fox all my interest on the premises which I now live on in this Town as well all my landed property at Mosquitto, say the Pond head large meadow Evans's Plantation the two small plantations to the rear of Maurice Connell's house and the Hill north of William Jerrett's plantation.
Fifthly I will and bequeath unto my grandchildren Johanna, James, John, Catherine & Mary Fox all my household furniture, say beds beding chairs mirrors & when they become of age that property is to be divided by my son and Law James Fox, equal, as their conduct may from time to time deserve, and I will and bequeath that my beloved son and law James Fox is to live unmolested on those premises during his life time or until my youngest grandchild Mary Fox is of age.
Sixthly. I will and bequeath unto my grand daughter Catherine Keefe my house and plantation at Pond Head at Mosquitto when she gets married as well as she to get one feather bed
Seventhly I will and bequeath unto my grand daughter Mary Keef ten pounds to be applied as an apprentice fee as a milliner, or for some other good purpose as her friends may see hereafter, as well she is to get a feather bed when of age.
Lastly I will and bequeath my body to the earth and my soul to Heaven and do hereby place my signature this 5th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. Catherine McGrath her x mark   Witness John Walsh.    Edward Pynn.

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 (March 10, 2003)

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