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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Patrick O'Donnell
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 page 9 probate year 1906.
In the Estate of
Patrick O'Donnell (deceased)
This is the last will and Testament of the Rev. P. O'Donnell. In the name of God Amen: I Patrick O'Donnell Parish Priest of Harbor Main, Newfoundland do make this my last will and Testament.
1st. I give and bequeath unto my niece Alice O'Donnell St. John's, all my land and Farm on the Dock Ridge and known as Mount Patrick, being about 31 acres more or less; said land to be given her free from any encumbrances or debts whatsoever. Also to aforesaid niece I give and bequeath my land, Dwelling house and stable on Station Road in Avondale, as now enclosed by fence; and at present in the occupancy of Rev. R. Walsh.
To Michael Wade of Avondale I give and bequeath two thirds of a plot of land of 40 acres purchased by me from the Railway Co. and being situate near Kennedys Saw Mill, Avondale.
The other one third of said land I give and bequeath unto Thomas Costigan of Thos. Har. Main, in consideration of a certain application for a part of said land and for having paid a certain sum of money on said application. The dividing line in said land shall run true North and south giving Costigans one third squarely in a paralellagram on the east side thereof and Wades two "thirds" of said land on the west side thereof.
The residue of my estate and personal effects after my demise shall be sold to best advantage by my executors and the funds realized thereby shall be used in paying any debts remaining due on my account. Any sums remaining to credit of my estate after settling all just claims against said estate shall be used in obtaining the prayers of the Catholic church and Masses for the souls in purgatory.
I hereby appoint Edward Murray Esq J.P. of Har. Main and Ed. Kennedy of Avondale to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said Ptrk O'Donnell have to this my last will and Testament set my name this eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five. Signed by Patrick O'Donnell P.P.
signed by the Testator P. O'Donnell and acknowledged by him to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses to this document. Witness W.E. Jones E. Kennedy
Dated at Avondale N.F.L.D. November 18 - 1905
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Patrick O'Donnell
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
|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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 4, 2002)
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