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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of James O'Brien
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 371 probate year 1919
In re James O'Brien deceased
In the name of God Amen. I James Brien of Topsail Conception
Bay District of Harbour Main Newfoundland, being of sound mind and
memory but awre of the uncertainty of human life do make, and di(?) claim
this my last will and testament,
First. I direct my body to buried in the Roman Catholic Semerty at
Topsail in place selected by one for my family Interment. I bequeath
and devise my real and personal property as follows - I desire my
property on West side of Main Road be centraly divided from Main
Road to Rail Track into equal Divisions My Daughter Tressa Mercer to
have the South division and my son James O'Brien to have the
North Division if he ever comes to claim it my daughter Tressa
Mercer to occupy said North division until my son James O'Brien comes
to claim it, and if he never come my daughter Theresa to have
and hold the whole road side property - there is also three acres
more or less on East Side of Main Road Directly opposite the aforementioned
land, which I desire that my daughter Teresa Mercer shall
have and hold. I also give to my son James or Thomas O'Brien the
first of them to come home, that piece or parcel of land situated
by rail track and bounded as follows, on the North by Road known
as Briens road on West by Briens Hill Road on South by land sold
by me to Richard Hancock and on East by River. In case neither of
my sons never come home said piece of land to be the property of
my daughter Teresa Mercer. The debt of fourteen dollars, owned
by Richard Hancock to me I hereby make the said Richard Hancock present
of the above described fourteen dollars. James O'Brien X his mark.
Signed by James O'Brien and declared to be his last will and
testament this thirteenth day of April 1917 in presence of Thomas
Allen. Joseph Miller. April 13th. 1917
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept. 11/19
Alan. Sept. 15/19.
Estate 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.
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Revised: October 25, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)
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