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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 279 probate
William O'Neil deceased.
the name of God Amen. I William O'Neil of Saint John's, Newfoundland, being
in ill health, but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament
in manner following that is to say: I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter
Ellen Jenkins her heirs and assigns all my farm situate lying and being in
Freshwater in the rear of the town of Saint John's aforesaid containing two
fields and measuring in all sixteen acres or thereabouts together with all
the real and personal estate to which I may or shall be entitled at the time
of my decease, to have and to hold the same unto my said daughter Ellen
her heirs and assigns for ever. And I constitute and appoint Messrs.
and Marks Miller both of Saint John's aforesaid to be executors of this my
last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time
made. In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand and seal this sixth day
of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three.
William his X mark O'Neil. (LS) Witness, James J.
Collins, Notary Public. The
foregoing last will and testament of William O'Neil was signed by the testator
William O’Neil as and for his last will and testament in the presence
of us present at the sametime who at his request in his sight and presence
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses,
William Irwin, residing at St. John's, Wm. J. Kearney, residing at St. John's.
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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