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Will of Patrick O'Connor
In the name of God Amen. The fifteenth day of June A.D. One thousand eight hundred and forty seven. I Patrick O’Connor of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Tailor, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, after the expenses of my funeral are paid. First I give and bequeath towards the erection of the Cathedral in progress under the direction of the Right Reverend Dr. Fleming the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, also I give to my well beloved brother O’Connor of Carig Bay in the County of Waterford the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain the same to be drawn from the Hon’l Patrick Morris, Colonist Treasurer by my executor hereinafter named, and paid to my said brother his executors administrators or assigns. Also I give to my well beloved daughter Alice O’Connors of Carig Bay County of Waterford the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain the same to be drawn from the Honbl. Patrick Morris, Colonist Treasurer, by my said executors and paid to my said daughter her heirs or assigns. Also I give and bequeath to my well beloved sister Mary O’Connors of Carig Bay in the County of Waterford the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, as also the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money aforesaid to my beloved sister Johanna O’Connors of Carig Bay County of Waterford the same to be drawn from the Hon. Patrick Morris Colonist Treasurer by my executors and paid to my said sisters if living and in case of one being dead then the surviving one to have the said sum Also I give and bequeath to my brother James O’Connors aforesaid my watch and clothing the same to be delivered to him by my executors. Also I give and bequeath to the nuns the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain also the sum of three pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to the Reverend Father O’Connor of St. John’s also the sum of one pound of lawful money of Great Britain to the Reverend Edward Troy of Torbay. Also I give and bequeath to the Roman Catholic Clergy of Saint John’s for High Masses for the repose of my soul the sum of sixty six pounds of lawful money as aforesaid the same to be drawn from the Honorable Patrick Morris and paid to them by my executors as aforesaid. And further I hereby appoint William Dooley of St. John’s, Butcher and John Dwyer of St. John’s Yeoman my executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies and bequests hereby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first before written. Patrick O’Connor (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Patrick O’Connor as his last will and testament in the presence of us, Richard Bulger Holden, William Power, Richard his X mark Power.
In the name of God Amen, I Patrick Connors of St. John’s Tailor do make and ordain the following to be my last will and testament- First I direct that all my debts be paid. Second, I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Alice the sum of forty pounds currency- Third- I give and bequeath to my brother James Connors the sum of twenty pounds currency- Fourth, I give and bequeath to my nephew James son of my brother James the sum of twenty pounds currency Fifth I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Ryan in whose house I live my underbed and bedding.
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.
Contributed by Judy Benson and also by Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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