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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Stephen Neary


Will of Stephen Neary
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 15 & 16 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Stephen Neary       deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Stephen Neary of Portugal Cove, fisherman, and I hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

  1. I give devise and bequeathe all the property of which I may die possessed, my farm, and woodlands, my fishing property cattle, farm, utensils & implements, and money unto my wife subject to the following conditions and in the following terms
    1. should my said wife marry again all the said property shall be divided equally between my sons except any money there may be which shall be divided equally between my daughters.
    2. should my said wife die without remarrying she may dispose of my said property by will between my children as she shall see fit.
      (3) my said wife may sell or dispose of my said property by will between my children as she shall see fit
    3. my said wife may sell or dispose of my cattle horses cows sheep &c for the purpose of her and the childrens maintenance or towards expenses connected with my sickness and death or towards paying debts left by me and she may also use any monies bequeathed to her for these purposes but she shall not sell or encumber any of my other property for the purpose of her own maintenance or that of my children without the consent of my said children first obtained.
  2. Should any of my said daughters be unmarried or unprovided for at the time of the death or marrying again of my said wife my sons shall maintain them or provide for their maintenance out of the proceeds of the before mentioned property
  3. I appoint my wife executrix of this my will

Stephen his x mark Neary
signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the due execution hereof this 22 day July A.D. 1900, being first read over and explained Jos Shea.   E. Tasffe.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Stephen his x mark Neary
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
March 12/06
Chief Justice
granted to
Neary on
the 2nd day
of May
A.D. 1906
sworn at



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 (November 4, 2002)

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