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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Ellen O'Neil


Will of Ellen O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 258-259 probate year 1883

In re
      Ellen O'Neil deceased.
This 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 will 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.

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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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