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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Brine O'Donnell



Will of James Brine O'Donnell
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 145 probate year 1922


This is the last Will and Testament of me, James Brine O'Donnell, of St. John's, Newfoundland, Gentleman.

  • FIRST. I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid by my Executor out of my estate.
  • SECOND. I appoint my brother John Cornelius O'Donnell sole executor of this my will.
  • THIRD. I give, devise and bequeath all my share and interest in and to the land and property in St. John's known as "Brine's Estate" to my said brother, John Cornelius O'Donnell and to my sister Jane Elizabeth Jeffery in equal shares between them.
  • FOURTH. All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate and effects I give, devise and bequeath to my said brother John Cornelius O'Donnell.

Witness my hand at St. John's this 24th day of November A.D. 1910. JAMES BRINE O'DONNELL.
Signed, Published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence who in the presence of the said Testator and of each other (all present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed our names as witness. M. Keppie    M. Kelly.

(Written just below the will)
???? Codicil
see Letters of

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Dec 23/21
Horwood C. J.
Probate granted
to The Eastern
Trust Co.
Jan 6/22
Estate sworn
at $4394.74



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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 15, 2002

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