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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Ellen O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 258-259
probate year 1883
Ellen O'Neil deceased.
is the last will and testament of me Ellen O'Neil of Saint
John's in the Island of Newfoundland Widow I will and bequeath unto Edward
Norriss of the same place
Laborer all my property goods and effects of which I may die possessed in trust
to distribute them as follows First the tenament now occupied by me I bequeath
to my son Moses O'Neil the southern portion of said house
occupied at present by Adams and Rumsey I
bequeath to the said Edward
Norris to hold the same in
trust for my daughter Ann for her sole and separate use and
free from any control of her husband Michael Walsh. The tenemant
now occupied by my daughter Sarah
Clarke I bequeath to her. The upstairs occupied by William
Shaughnan I leave
to my grand daughter Mary Ann I bequeath to my daughter Ann all
my household furniture beds and bedding except the bed and bedding now in use
by my grand daughter Mary Ann which I leave to her. I leave
the downstairs of the house occupied by William Collins and
the upstairs occupied by Butler to my daughter
Ann and my granddaughter Mary Ann they to
have four Masses each year said for the repose of the soul of my husband and
my sons And lastly I nominate and appoint Edward Norriss executor
of this my last will and testament Signed published and
declared as and for my last
and testament at Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland this 9th day
of November A.D. 1881. Ellen her X mark O'Neil. Witness, having first been read over and explained D.J.
Greene. E. Norris.
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.
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