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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Moran


Will of John Moran
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 7 to 9 probate year 1878

In re
      John Moran deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me John Moran made at Carbonear this seventh day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six as follows:-    I give and bequeath unto Charles and John and Joseph McCarthy, sons of Patrick McCarthy and of his wife Mary Moran all my right and title to that dwelling house shop and garden now in the possession of John McCarthy their uncle.    Also I give devise and bequeath unto John and James McCarthy sons of John McCarthy that shop and dwelling now occupied by John Fitzgerald and also after the end of the year eighteen hundred and eighty-two the dwelling house and shop I now occupy or should the houses be destroyed by fire or otherwise before that time the land becomes theirs immediately in which case they can go back so that each lot will measure sixty feet north from the new street with their present breadth

Also I devise unto John McCarthy of Patrick the last named dwelling house and shop until the end of the year eighteen hundred and eighty-two provided that in case of its being destroyed by fire or otherwise the land becomes the property of John and James McCarthy above named.    Provided also that he is to give up his right and title in and to the said dwelling house and shop to the said John and James McCarthy on their making over to him their claim to all lands in Crockers Cove left them by their grandfather.    Also I give and bequeath to William and John McCarthy, sons of William McCarthy, Cooper, that piece of land already specified in a deed of gift and measuring 72 feet north and south and 60 feet east and west    Also I give and bequeath to Michael and Bernard McCarthy sons of William McCarthy, cooper, the piece of land adjoining that last named measuring 65 feet north and south and 60 feet east & west Also that my executors hereinafter named shall sell all my other property at Carbonear not herein bequeathed and devote the proceeds of such sale to the following purposes twenty pounds for a monument to be erected in memory of my wife, of Mary McCarthy and of myself, ten pounds for Masses for my wife and myself, and three pounds for Masses for my friends, also five pounds for Edward Martin’s children & the rest to pay my debts    Also I give and bequeath to Nicholas and John Moran sons of Joseph Moran all my right and title to that property at Black Head now in their possession.    And my executors are hereby empowered to receive the rent of my property after my death should they require it to meet my just debts testamentary expenses &c. and to pay the premium of insurance and I appoint Patrick McCarthy of Crockers Cove and Patrick Fox of Carbonear executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all my other wills and testamentary writings.    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the place day and year above written.     Provided that in case new erections are to be made, the house now occupied by John McCarthy must retain its full width; the others to narrow according to the land in the rere.    John Moran (LS)     Signed by the said testator as his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses, Michael Costigan, Thomas Finn.

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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