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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John O'Reilly



Will of John O'Reilly
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 159 to 161 probate year 1914

In re John O'Reilly      deceased.

The Last Will and Testament of John O'Reilly of Placentia In the name of God Amen. I John O'Reilly of Placentia being of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling my wordly affairs and directing how the property which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease while I have thought and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament and first I commend my immortal being to him who gave it. And my body to the earth, to be buried with little expense and ostentation as possible by my executor herein after named. And as to my wordly estate and all the property real personal or mixed of which I shall die seized or possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease I devise bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit: My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall, by my executor hereinafter named, be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by him be found convenient.

  • Item. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Minnie my dwelling house and land adjoining to have and to hold the same to her for and during her natural life.
  • Item. I give devise and bequeath to my son Harold the reversion of my dwelling house and land adjoining same from and after the demise of my beloved wife Minnie to have and to hold the same to him his heirs executors and assigns forever provided that my two daughters "Stella" and Rose shall have a home there until they are married or otherwise provided for.
  • Item. I will that the business now carried on by me on the premises known as the ??lin Store shall carry on as heretofore in my name as long as it is properly conducted and to the satisfaction of my Executor hereinafter named and the proceeds after paying my lawful debts and the expenses consiquent upon the carrying on of the business shall go towards the support of my wife and children
  • Lastly I do nominate and appoint my brother Edward O'Reilly to be the Executor of this my last will and testament giving him full power of attorney to act in my place in all matters appertaining to the business next above mentioned and the interest thereof

In testimony whereof I the said John O'Reilly have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal at Placentia This 12th day of June nineteen hundred and thirteen signed John O'Reilly (LS)
The above instrument was was now here subscribed by John O'Reilly the testator in the presence of each of us, and was declared to us by the testator to be his last will and testament, and he then acknowledged to each of us that he had subscribed the same and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses Placentia June /13. Signed. Frank Barron     Pat. J. Keefe.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Jan 8/13 (should be 14)
Johnson J.
Jan 12/13 (should be 14)
to Edward
sworn at



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.

Page contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 12, 2002

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