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Will of John McLellan
This is the last will and testament of me John McLenan of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Yeoman. First I give and bequeath to my son George McLenan, my daughter Mary Grace the wife of Robert Grace now absent from this Island and my daughter Susan Arroll wife of Robert Arroll of St. John's aforesaid all my ready money consisting of three hundred and thirty pounds currency deposited in the Union Bank of Newfoundland to be divided in equal shares among my said children after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses. And whatever debts may be now due and owing to me I give and bequeath the same to my said above named children to be equally divided among them- Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Arroll all my household furniture- Thirdly, I give devise and bequeath to my said daughter Susan Arroll all that piece or parcel of ground and dwelling house situate on the north eastern side of the land leading from New Gower Street to the Barrens or until lately called Williams Lime Kiln for her own sole use and benefit irrespective of the debts control or management of her present or any future husband and to her own free will and disposal and lastly exclusive of the above devise and bequest I give devise and bequeath unto my son George McLenan all my freehold and leasehold estate lands tenements and hereditaments situate in St. John's aforesaid or elsewhere to hold to him and his heirs for ever. And I hereby appoint my friends Mr. Patrick Brazil and Mr. Timothy Mitchell and my said son George McLenan to be executors of this my last will and testament by these presents revoking all former and other wills and testaments heretofore made and declaring this to be my last will and testament. Dated at St. John's Newfoundland this fifth day of November A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty three. John McLenan (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament in our presence, E. O'Flaherty, Andrew Comerford, Rob. R.W. Lilly.
Codicil to the above will of me John McLenan. Whereas by my said will I did make certain bequests to my daughter Susan Arroll who departed this life since the publishing thereof and I now hereby cancel all those bequests and do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my grandaughter Catherine Mary Arroll the pation of money bequeathed by me to her mother or so much thereof as shall remain unexpended, and also all that piece or parcel of ground and dwelling-house situate on the north eastern side of the land leading from New Gower Street to the Barrens in St. John's in trust to apply the said money and the rents and profits arising from the said premises towards the support of her brothers and sisters until the youngest shall arrive at the age of twenty one years then to sell and dispose of the same and to divided the proceeds arising from such sale to and among the surviving children share and share alike In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my seal this twenty seventh day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty six. John McLenan (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said John McLenan as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in presence of us Rob. R. W. Lilly, Timothy Mitchell.
|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 & Transcribed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 26, 2003)
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