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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Edward O'Neil



Will of Edward O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 490 & 491 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of Robert Piercey       deceased

In the name of God, amen. I Edward O'Neil of the Topsail road St. John's make this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Bridget O'Neil all my right title and interest in the new house in which we now live to have and to hold the same during her natural life and after her death the same becomes the property of Edward O'Neil son of my son Lawrence O'Neil subject to a right of my daughter Maria O'Neil to reside therein until her marriage.

To my son Edward I give devise and bequeath as an appurtenant to his house a piece of land in rear thereof included between direct lines drawn from both sides of his house to a distance of thirty feet on the rear, and also one acre of land in the upper farm to be taken by Nevilles Wall as a boundary to be taken along the wall as far as it will go.

To my son Lawrence I give devise and bequeath one half of my farms, he taking the south west side along Neil's Road or lane To my son Peter I give devise and bequeath the other half of my farms, but these bequests to my sons Lawrence and Peter shall be inoperative unless they put up boundary fences immediately on my decease. I mean unless they put up these fences they shall not have claim. It is my will that my farms shall not be mortgaged or sold unless to one of my family. To my wife I give and bequeath my horses and cows and other adjuncts of the farms during her life and after her death the same or substitutes therefore shall remain for the use of The Farms & my said sons Lawrence and Peter my daughter Maria shall be entitled to her support & clothing out of the produce of the farms until her marriage upon which she shall receive suitable clothing and adornment and this right shall be a charge upon my Farms. I give all my furniture to my beloved wife Bridget. I appoint P. J. Scott executor.
Dated at St. John's, Newfoundland this 28th day of February A.D. eighteen hundred and ninety four.
Edward his X mark O'Neil

signed and declared as and for his last will and testament by the testator Edward O'Neil making his mark thereto (the same having been first read over and explained in presence of us and of the testator and at his request, sign as attesting witnesses the word "upon which she shall receive suitable clothing and adornment" having been first interlined and the words "revoking all former wills by me made" having been interlined.
E.M. Scott   P.J. Scott.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Edward O'Neil
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
May 30/05
Emerson J.
admt. c.t.a.
granted on the
6th day of
June 1905
to Lawrence



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 May 16, 2002

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