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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Moses Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 395 probate year
Moses Neil deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Moses Neil of Freshwater
Farmer. First I will that my funeral expenses
and all my just debts be paid out of my estate
Second I give devise and bequeath to my son Patrick Neil the farm property
together with all buildings thereon and all chattels and furniture belonging
thereto held and owned by me and known as the Upper Farm for his own use and
benefit to have and to hold the same forever and I expressly forbid my said son
Patrick Neil from Mortgaging or selling or disposing of or in any wise disposing
or encumbering the said farm property and I further will that my said son Patrick
Neil do pay the sum of twenty shillings currency to the Revd the Administrator
of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. John’s for Masses for my soul for
a period of fifteen years after my death.
Third I give devise and bequeath the Lower Farm which I now occupy
and live on to my beloved wife Bridget Neil with the dwelling
house and furniture and all other buildings and erections thereon together with
all chattels both real and personal which I am now in possession of or hereafter
shall be in possession of to have control manage and use the same without any
interference whatsoever from any other party or parties for and during her lifetime
and after her death I will that the said farm property goods and chattels are
to pass over into the possession of my son William Neil I also
will that my my said beloved wife Bridget do not in any way
sell mortgage encumber or dispose of the said real or personal property or any
portion thereof during her said lifetime And I expressly forbid my son William
Neil from selling mortgaging encumbering or disposing or leasing the said property
after he comes into its possession.
Fourth I bequeath & give the sum of twenty pounds currency to my
granddaughter Mary Dillon payable in two instalments of ten pounds each the first
payable within one year after my death the second payable within ten years after
Fifth I hereby appoint John Carew of St. John’s Undertaker
Thomas Murphy of St. John’s Road Inspector to be executors
of this my last will and testament. Signed published and declared
as my last will and testament on this the twenty eight day of September A.D.
1885, Moses his X mark Neil. Signed published and declared by
the said Moses
Neil as his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our hands as witnesses it having
been first carefully read over and explained John Carew, Thos. Murphy.
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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