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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John O'Brien


Will of John O'Brien
from Newfoundland will books volume 15 page 598 probate year 1932

In re
     John O'Brien       deceased.

(From FHL Film #2070901 Newfoundland Supreme Court Wills 1929-1932)

In the name of God Amen I John O'Brien of Broad Cove in the District of Hr. Main being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this as my last will and testament , hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary dipositions heretofore at any time by me made. I hereby apppoint my son Lawrence Joseph O'Brien to be the executor of my will. Firstly. I give and bequeath to my son Lawrence J. O'Brien what land he now possessed one half that piece or parcel of land ( West Side) bounded by land owned by William and James O'Brien on the East and Ed Meany on the West one half that block of land situated on the South side Dock Ridge Road containing 30 acres also a piece of land situated on Old oad purchased from James Wade also one half a piece or parcel of bog land situated on East Side of main line to have and to hold forever. I hereby devise my house and premises all the rest and residue of my real & personal estate to my wife Ann O'Brien during the term of her natural life and after her decease to my son John O'Brien, absolutely. It is my request that both sons have equal right to use of waggon when required. IN witness whereof I the said John O'Brien sign my hand and seal hereunto this eleventh day of July in the year of Our Lord 1904

John his X mark O'Brien his seal
Witness Patk O'Brien     Lawrence O'Brien

/s/ William T Lloyd
registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

[Handwritten note in right margin]
W J. Higgins
April 24
granted to
John O'Brien
on the 26th day
of April 1932
Value of Estate



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 & Transcribed by Ernie Kraut

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 22, 2003)

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