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Will of Michael O'Neill
In the name of God Amen, I Michael O'Neill of Fermuse in the Southern District of the Island of Newfoundland being in perfect health and of sound mind memory and understanding, but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make publish and declare this my last will and testament. Having by deed of Gift bearing date the sixteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty three given to my eldest son Constantine O'Neill and his heirs for ever all that Fishing Room and Plantation which descended to me from my father, and having also by deed of Gift bearing date the sixteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty three given to my four remaining sons namely John, Michael, Owen and James and their heirs all that Plantation, Fishing Room and houses that I now occupy from and after my death upon the express condition of their supporting and maintaining my beloved wife Mary so long as she shall remain unmarried, it then only remains for me to dispose of my remaining property which I do in manner and form following, that is to say,
I give to my daughters who may be alive at the time of my death all my horses, Cows, Heifers, Calfs, Bulls, Bullocks, Pigs, Sheep and every description of live stock that may be on the premises or owned or of right belonging to me at the time of my death to be equally divided between them share and share alike in kind or value, together with all the hay or fodder that may be then growing or housed on the premises. I request my nephew John O'Neill the son of the late John O'Neill of Fermuse will act as executor to this my will and who is hereby appointed by me to see its provisions carried into effect. Michael his x mark O'Neill (LS).
Codicil 1st. I hereby recall and revoke that part of the above will which refers to the bequest made by me to my daughters of all the live stock viz- horses, cows, pigs, sheep, bulls, bullocks, calves, hieffers &c. I may be possessed of at the time of my death, and it is my will that the aforesaid live stock may be placed under the controul and management of my wife Mary O'Neil for her benefit and that of the aforesaid children and my other children that may be unmarried.
|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. |
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