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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Timothy Murphy
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 412 & 413 probate year 1843
Timothy Murphy deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Timothy Murphy now of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland but formerly of the city of Cork (Ireland) Fisherman being in an infirm state of bodily health but of sound mind memory and understanding in the knowledge of the uncertainty of life do make declare and publish this my last will and testament utterly revoking and annulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made. In the first place I bequeath unto a merciful God my immortal soul, my body to the earth trusting through the merits and death of my Redeemer in a happy resurrection.
Item, I bequeath unto my executors hereinafter to be named all the property I may die possessed of to be disposed of by them in manner following, that is to say, It is my will that six pounds be reserved for defraying the expenses of my funeral and that six pounds be divided equally between the Right Rev. Dr. Fleming, Rev. Thomas Waldron and the Rev. John Forristal hoping that they will offer the Holy Sacrifice for the repose of my soul twice each. It is further my will that the entire of the residue of my said property be transmitted to my beloved niece Mary Curtin of Blarney Lane, Cork, wife of Jeremiah Curtin, Currier.
Item, It is my will that Mr. James Marline shall act as executor of this my last will and that he shall be the sole judge of my intentions in determining the construction of the same. It is also my will that my watch be given to James Quinn son of Mr. Quinn, Victualler, near Church Hill, that my bed be sent home to my niece before mentioned and that my clothes be divided according to the wishes of the said Mr. James Marline between Edmond Doheney and Thos. Shea.
Given under my hand this ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three at Saint John's aforesaid.
Timothy X Murphy.
Signed and declared in presence of (the words "Rev. Thomas Waldron" having been first interlined in the first page) John V. Nugent.
All my property consists of Twenty pounds and upward (according to receipt in my box) in the hands of Messrs. Hunters & Co., twenty pounds in the hands of Dunscombe & Kavannagh's for which interest was promised by Mr. Kavannagh as payable at the Savings Bank, thirty pounds and upwards (sterling) being the amount of a judgment Mr. Robinson having been my attorney, my bed, watch and clothes.
Timothy X Murphy.
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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 14, 2003)
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