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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of the Estate of Michael O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 449 to 451 probate year 1905
In re Michael O'Neil deceased
This is the last will and testament of me Michael O'Neil of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper.
First, I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses.
Secondly, I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary for the term of her natural life all the piece or parcel of land with dwelling houses and other erections thereon situate on Water Street in the town of St. John's aforesaid and bounded on the north by Water Street on the south by Castor(?) River on the east by property of Mrs. Kean and on the west by a public lane and after the death of my said wife Mary the dwelling house now occupied by me and also the garden behind and extending in width the breadth of the said dwelling house is to become the property of my son James and I now bequeath the same to him.
Thirdly, I devise and bequeath to my son and daughter John and Agnes on the death of my said wife Mary the tenement house adjoining the house I now occupy the upstairs tenement to be Agnes and the downstairs tenement to be John's and the land behind extending in width the breadth of the said tenement house I bequeath to my son John and my daughter Agnes in equal shares
Fourthly I give and bequeath to my son James on the death of my said wife Mary the cooperage in the rear of my dwelling house including that portion of the land already devised to John and Agnes which is directly under the said cooperage.
Fifthly, I direct that on the death of my wife Mary, my sons James and John and my daughter Agnes must pay the ground rent of the property bequeathed to them in the following proportions, twenty dollars per annum to be paid by James and six dollars per annum to be paid by John and Agnes respectively.
Sixthly I give and bequeath to my wife Mary for the term of her natural life all my household furniture excepting the piano and sewing machine and after her death the same is to become the property of my son James and I now bequeath the same to him.
Seventhly I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary my piano and sewing machine.
Eighthly I devise and bequeath to my said wife Mary for the term of her natural life all that piece or parcel of land with dwelling house thereon situate on Pleasant Street in St. John's aforesaid and bounded on the west by Pleasant Street and on the east by Brazils Estate and after the death of my said wife Mary the same is to be the property of my son William and I now bequeath the same to him.
Tenthly I give and bequeath to my son James, the sum of one hundred dollars which sum is to be used in the purchase of coopering material for the conduct of his business.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath to the Very Reverend John Ryan the sum of twenty dollars and I direct the said John Ryan to celebrate masses for the repose of the souls of myself and my wife Mary.
Eleventhly, I give and bequeath to my wife Mary all the residue and remainder of my monies and I request my said wife Mary before her death to bequeath to my surviving children in equal shares whatever monies she may be possessed of.
Twelfthly, I hereby appoint Thomas Grant of St. John's Shoemaker sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Thirteenthly I hereby revoke all testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me
In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed at St. John's aforesaid this twenty fifth day of January Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and five Michael O'Neil
signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the word "to" on line 2 page 2 having first been inserted. Thomas Grant. J. J. McCarthy.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Michael O'Neil deceased.
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
March 4, 1905
March 7th 1905
|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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REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 3, 2002
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