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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Edward O'Donnell


Will of Edward O'Donnell
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 page 47 probate year 1827-1830

In re Edward O'Donnell       deceased

I Edward O'Donnell of Isle Valen in the Island of Newfoundland do make this my last will and testament
I bequeath unto my aunt Ellen Ryan of St. John's Newfoundland one half of my property
The other half I bequeath unto my brother Bryan O'Donnell of KilCash County of Ireland.


I bequeath unto my nephew Edward the son of the above said Bryan O'Donnell my watch seal and chain.


My Clothes I bequeath to the Poor and I wish them to be sent to St. John's to my aunt Ellen Ryan to be given by her to such persons as she may think proper. I further appoint David Tasker Esquire of St. John's and Isaac King Moore Esquire of Oderin to see this my will fulfilled. Given under my hand and Seal this 18th day of December 1827    Edward his X mark O'Donnell    Witness William Hanrahan

Certified correct D.M. Browning



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 by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 18, 2002

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