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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Denis McGrath


Will of Denis McGrath from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 72-73 probate year 1851

In re
     Denis McGrath      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Denis McGrath of the town of Youchall in the County of Cork but now a resident of the town of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Mason, being now very ill and weak but of sound disposing mind and memory thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last will and testament, First I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be decently interred not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to help me in this life, I give demise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form. I desire and request that all lawful debts due of me (if any) at the time of my death together with my funeral expenses shall be paid and discharged as soon after interment as possible. I desire that my interest in two of the tenements in the house in Prescott Street be sold to pay John Lynch a sum of money I justly owe him, the residue (if any) to be equally divided say one half to the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the other half to my niece Ann McGrath. I give & bequeath to my niece Ann McGrath one tenement in the dwelling situate in Gower Street together with my bed, bedding and household furniture &c. she to be free of any ground rent provided the other two tenements when sold will be sufficient to pay my debts &c. &c. And I hereby nominate and appoint James Fox Jr. To be my executor to this my last will and testament, and I hereby revoke and declare null and void all former wills legacies and bequests made by me declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John's aforesaid this eighteenth day of June A. D. eighteen hundred & fifty one. Denis his X mark McGrath (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Denis McGrath as his last will and testament in presence of Wm. Walsh,     Matthew Cudihy,     James Fox, Jr.
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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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