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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Matthew Nugent


Will of Matthew Nugent
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 329 probate year 1884

In re
      Matthew Nugent deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Matthew Nugent of Kelligrews although sick in health yet fully sensible & having all my faculties do hereby make this my last will & testament & bequeath & give all my property in lands or chattels goods or money as follows-    I bequeath my land & houses to my son Edward who now lives with me-    Also all my other property- I bequeath to my daughter Kate now unmarried the sum of four pounds-    And to my daughter Mary Walshe wife of John Walshe the sum of four pounds To my daughter Margt wife of James Moore I bequeath three pounds-     to my daughter Ellen wife of James Maney of Salmon Cove I bequeath three pounds    to my daughter Bridget wife of Thomas Yard I bequeath three pounds- After these bequests are paid out of the money I am in possession of I leave the remainder to my son Edward & request him to pay my funeral expenses any debt he may know that I lawfully owe.    I request him also to give a donation to the building fund of the new church of Kelligrews-    Signed by the testator in the presence of the undersigned witnesses after having been read over to the testator the witnesses being present on this 20th day of January 1884.    Matthew his X mark Nugent.    I appoint Revd M. Morris my executor.    We the undersigned witnesses testify that we saw the testator place his mark to this will; Thomas Dwyer, Philip Dwyer.

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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