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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael O’Brien


Will of Michael O’Brien
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 page 387 probate year 1916
(This name is spelled O’Brien and Brien in the will and O’Brien in the will index.)

In re
      MICHAEL O’BRIEN       deceased.

      Outer Cove March 14th 1886    The last will and testament of Michael O’Brien of this locality    I Michael Brien do hereby declare to be well and sound in mind but weak in body wish to settle my affairs thus, and Land property also as follows if my son Daniel comes from Boston and live together with my son Joseph and Catherin my daughter as if I was long with them he can do so if he do and live five or more years he is to have five years crop from the time he comes of the land on the north and east side of the river for the purpose of building a house if he wish on his half of the land from milot turn to Salvage Bridge which half of that land is to be his from this reset time, the crop of the said land on the north side of the river is purposly for reserve for five years then that said land is to go with the rest of this farm when my house and and appurtenance is as is well known I need not describe it. I leave it to my son Joseph Brien and all utinsels and farm implments, except cattle is to be divided eauqely between Daniel Brien and Joseph Brien and if the Buys more stock do like wise between themself or by arbitration the stage for the use of my thre sons James Joseph and Daniel. James is to have room to make a punts fish.    My dauther Catherine is to get fifteen pounds from the part I leave to my son Joseph currency money- on fair terms when shes is going for herself    Signed on the next line Signed Michael Brien    Signed on the fifth line Witnes Michael Brien on the seveth line Witness John Doran on the eight line Witnes William X Power on the ninth Witnes Walter Doran    And further this land is never to be sold or mortgaged and if my son Joseph have no sons or the land is to fall to Daniel eldest son and if Dan have no son it is to fall to James eldest son this concluded my last will and testament

Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
May 20/16
Admn c.t.a.
May 22/16
granted to
Dan’l O’Brien
Walter Power
Patk Hickey
Estate sworn
at $600.00



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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