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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John McGuire



Will of John McGuire
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 384 probate year 1904

The last will of John McGuire of Torbay

The last will and Testament of John McGuire of Torbay in the central District of St. John's Newfoundland I John McGuire do hereby will and bequeath all my property and effects as follows

  • first I will the sum of $40 dollars for a high mass for the Resident Clergyman of Torbay for my wife and the sum of 20 dollars for myself for masses for myself and my father and mother Daniel McGuire and Bridget also for my two children John and Anne McGuire
  • I will the sum of $20 dollars for my son James and three daughters that is $5 to each one
  • I will the sum of 50 dollars to defray the expenses of our death and funeral and if there is any more wanted Daniel will see to it
  • I leave to Daniel McGuire my grandson all my land houses cows horse and ??? cart single slea and all other materials belonging to me he is to take care of my wife and be kind to her if she lives longer than I do & also my wife is to have the charge of her house and management of her house and property as she had when I was living
  • My Daughter Bridget Byrne is to take care of my wife and me on our sick beds and I leave to her that piece of land from the North East end of the new linny(?) to the main road and she is to fence it off as a strait line Nothing to be done or distributed till we are in our graves.

Here is two copys of the will one to be given to the resident clergyman and the other to be left for the witnesses the copy is to be kept in the house till we both are in our graves May the lord have mercy on our souls Given from under my hand this 24th day of January 1894 John McGuire witness Michael his X mark Dunphy Executors to will James McGuire his X mark.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of John McGuire
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Aug 26 .04
Horwood C.J.
Probate granted
to James McGuire
29 Sep. 04.
Est. $350.



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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller, Kristina Americo and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 18, 2002

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