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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Mark O’Dell
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 411 probate
MARK O’DELL. DECEASED.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Mark O’Dell.
I revoke all former wills and I give devise and bequeath all my property to
my wife Ellie O’Dell and Stephen Hawco. The said Stephen
Hawco is obliged
to obey, cherish and support my wife as long as she remains in my name and
be subject to her as her own child. If not obident he must forfit his share.
My motor boat I give to my wife Ellie O’Dell and Stephen
Hawco. A balance
of eighty two dollars ($82.00) is to be paid on the said motor engine to Henry
O’Dell and William Hawco. To Stephen
Hawco and my wife Ellie O’Dell I give my dingy; Henry
O’Dell and William
Hawco using their own dingy between them. The
old skiff I leave to my wife Ellie O’Dell, Stephen Hawco, William Hawco,
and Henry O’Dell between them. I advise
Stephen Hawco, William Hawco and Henry O’Dell to
use the old trap boat as long as it stands. The trap berth I leave
to my wife Ellie O’Dell. If Stephen Hawco, William
Hawco and Henry O’Dell cannot agree I advise them to divide up the property between them, each taking
his own equal part.
There is in the Bank of Nova Scotia Two hundred dollars ($200.00) belonging
to Henry O’Dell; two hundred dollars ($200.00) belonging to William
Hawco and one hundred and thirty two dollars ($132.00) belonging to James
and three hundred and sixty eight dollars ($368.00) belonging to my wife Ellie
O’Dell. There is a cask of gasoline oil which I leave to my wife Ellie
O’Dell and Stephen Hawco. I leave to Stephen
Hawco my four guns and my fox traps. I appoint
my wife Ellie O’Dell and my cousin Stephen McDonald executors
of this my will.
In witness thereof I have set my hand this twelfth day of
January, One thousand nine hundred and twenty.
Witness Rvd Father Hesry,
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the margin next to this will, the following)
Fiat July 14/23
to Ellie O’Dell,
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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