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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary O'Donnell


Will of Mary O'Donnell
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 321 probate year 1884

In re
      Mary O'Donnell deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Mary O’Donnell of the Freshwater Road in St. John’s Widow do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses I will and bequeath the sum of fifty pounds to my grandson Rodger Neil son of James Neil of St. John’s, farmer, I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds sterling to my sister Ellen Mullaney widow of Goulden County Tipperary, Ireland.    I will and bequeath the sum of forty eight pounds to my daughter Margaret Crowdell wife of St John Crowdell of St. John’s, farmer.    All my leasehold interest in that land and house situate in Cooks Town and occupied by Barron and others as my tenants.    I will and bequeath to my said daughter Margaret.    I desire my executors to pay out of my estate the sum of eight dollars to the clergyman who may attend me.     I will and bequeath my bed and bedding to my said grandson Rodger Neil.    I appoint my friend James O’Donnell of St. John’s Shopkeeper, executor to this my last will and testament.     Dated at St. John’s this 4th day of January 1884.    Mary her X mark O’Donnell.     Witness (the same having been read over to Mary O’Donnell before she executed said will in our presence who signed the same as witnesses in her presence and in the presence of each other.    James O’Donnell. Thos. R. O’Donnell.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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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