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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Catherine McGrath


Will of Catherine McGrath
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 203 probate year 1882

In re
      Catherine McGrath deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Catherine McGrath of St. John’s Spinster do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.    I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid-    To my nephew Edward Joseph Murphy I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency    To my nephew Thomas Joseph Murphy I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds currency-    To my nephew James Joseph Murphy I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency    All the rest residue and remainder of my property and effects of every kind I give and bequeath to my sister Anne Murphy for her use and benefit during her lifetime and from and after her decease the same shall go to and be the property of her three sons Edward Joseph, Thomas Joseph and James Joseph in equal proportions amongst them-    I nominate and appoint my said nephew Thomas Joseph Murphy executor of this my will and revoke all wills by me heretofore made-    Dated at St. John’s this 29th day of April 1881.    Catherine her X mark McGrath.     Signed by the said testatrix in our presence as and for her last will and testament the same having been first read over to and been approved of by her, Robert J. Kent, Patrick Coonan.

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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