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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Lyons Noonan, Sr.


Will of James Lyons Noonan, Sr.
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 pages 536-537 probate year 1899

Last will and Testament of
James L. Noonan Sr. of St. John’s
Ex Asst. Collector Customs deceased

This is the last Will and Testament of me James L Noonan of St. Johns in the island of Newfoundland Assistant Collector in Her Majestys Customs. First I hereby revoke cancel and disallow all former and other wills by me at anytime made and declare this to be my true Last Will and testament. Second I direct that all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses be first paid out of my estate and that my Executor hereinafter named erect a suitable Headstone to my memory having inscribed thereon the names of my deceased wife Sarah Anne and my deceased children, Annie Laura and Victor. Third I give and bequeath to my good wife Mary Anne daughter of the late R. J. Parsons the sum of Three hundred dollars. To my son John H, the sum of One hundred dollars. To my son James L. The sum of one hundred dollars To my daughter Mary Julia, the sum of Twenty-Five dollars. To my daughter Lucy the sum of twenty five dollars To my daughter Frances the sum of Twenty-Five dollars. To Margaret Noonan wife of my son Edward in trust for my Grandchildren the children of my said son Edward to sum of Twenty-Five dollars, And to my four children by my second wife viz. Cecilia A, Garland, Evangeline and Arthur, the sum of One hundred dollars each Fourth I give and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named the sum of One Hundred dollars as compensation for his services. Fifth, I give and bequeath to my four children Cecilia A, Garland, Evangeline, and Arthur share and share alike all my household furniture goods chattels and effects contained in my Town residence No. 17 Cochrane St. Sixth, I give and bequeath to my sons John H, James L, Garland, and Arthur, and to my daughters Mary Julia, Lucy, Frances, Cecilia A, and Evangeline and to Margaret Noonan wife of my son Edward in trust for my grandchildren the children of my said son Edward. All that farm, land, dwelling house, and premises situate on the Torbay Road and all the Household furniture machinery farming utensils Hay carts sleigh carriage good chattels and effects contained in and upon the said farm and premises and all the rest residue and remainder of the property of which I shall die possessed of every nature and kind whatsoever and wheresover situate in the following proportions that is to say to my sons, John H, and James L, one eighteenth part or share each to my daughters Mary Julia, Lucy and Frances one eighteenth part or share each. To my children Cecilia, Garland, Evangeline and Arthur three eighteenth parts or shares each and to the said Margaret Noonan in trust for my grandchildren aforesaid one eighteenth part or share. Seventh I appoint my said son John H. Noonan sole executor hereto.

Dated at St. Johns aforesaid this 13th day of November AD 1897
Signed published and declared by the said
Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in
our presence, who in his presence at his request and in the
presence of each other subscribe ourselves as witnesses hereto.
Jas L. Noonan

Charles H. Hutchings
FW Knight

      I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of James L. Noonan deceased

D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
D. Morison
granted to
J.H. Noonan
the Exor
Jan. 27:1899
Sworn under

Family information below was provided by Colleen Haynes (descendent)

James Lyons Noonan, Sr. was my gggrandfather. He had a total of three wives and at least fifteen children. He married Mary Anne Wills Sept. 7, 1853 and they had John Hyacinth, Edward Mortimer, Lucy Sophia Whittle, Mary Julia Hester, Frances Ruth, James Lyons, and another Lucy.

Then he married Sarah Ann Gaden (ggranddaughter of Thomas Thistle and Amy) on January 23, 1871. They then had about eight more children: Tryphena Maria, Annie Laurie, Cecilia A., Garland Gaden, Evangeline, Arthur Welleslley, George Augustus and perhaps Victor. The name Victor was hard to decipher in the will.

His third wife was Mary Anne Parsons.

James Lyons Noonan, Sr. was M.H.A for Bonavista from 1869-1873; colonial secretary 1871-1873; M.H.A. for Bonavista again in 1885, but appointed assistant collector at St. John's that same year, holding office until 1897, when he was pensioned; died Dec. 19, 1898, ages 75 years old.

His portrait can be seen at City Hall in St. John's.



Will contributed by Colleen Haynes

Margin comments contributed by Sheila Tiberio & Judy Benson

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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