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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William O'Neil


Will of William O'Neil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 279 probate year 1883

In re
      William O'Neil deceased.
In 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 Jenkins her heirs and assigns for ever. And I constitute and appoint Messrs. John Burke 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.

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 & Judy Benson

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

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