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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas O'Reilly


Will of Thomas O'Reilly
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 pages 370-372 probate year 1897

Last will and Testament of
Thomas O’Reilly of Placentia
Stipendiary Magistrate deceased

      In the name of God Amen This is the last will and Testament of me Thomas O’Reilly of Placentia in the Southern District of the Island of Newfoundland Stipendiary Magistrate. I appoint my sons Reverend John A. O’Reilly D.D. at present of St. John’s and William F. O’Reilly now of Benton in the aforesaid Island Trustees and Executors hereof. And I give devise and bequeath to my sons Reverend John A. William F. Patrick C. I.. And Thomas J O’Reilly share and share alike subject to the restrictions hereinafter made the following properties. Namely the house I now occupy on Placentia Beach with ground fenced in and forming lot No 1 on Plan of Placentia with all contained therein and thereon and comprising Furniture Books etc. Stable, Cattle, implements etc Also the land situate at Bruley: Mount Pleasant Farm and belongs: lot of Beach No. 2: Fish Store on Jubilee Road plot of land near Furlongs, Churchyard lane and stage.
To my wife Mary O’Reilly I give devise and bequeath the right whilst unmarried to live in my said house and partake of such support as its means allows and which will be further particularized hereafter, provided that if she so prefers she may within one year from my death not afterwards leave the house and accept from my Executors the sum of Two hundred dollars in full of all claims against my Estate

I give devise and bequeath the amounts from my Life insurance Policies viz one thousand dollars each with their increments in the Great West and Canada Life Assurance Companies, together with any other monies I may die possessed of as follows,
item. I will that my debts be paid. I owe the representatives of the late Mr. Monroe at the date hereof the sum of $291.94/100 which amount will likely be reduced during my lifetime but whatever of it may be due at my decease I wish it to be paid from the aforementioned policies excepting any abatement that may be made by my said representatives. I also will that my current household debts be paid immediately together with probate funeral expenses, for that purpose the current quarters salary will suffice: If not sufficient then the amount to be taken from the before mentioned insurances.

To my daughter Mary Ellen Nugent I will devise and bequeath one half the “Old House” she now occupies with the garden on the South end thereof; one lot of Beach No. 3 to her in trust for my Grand child, her daughter Sarah Estella Nugent. Also to my daughter Mary Ellen as above the garden in her possession at Little Gut, Dickson’s Hill and the sum of Fifty dollars cash.

To my daughter Hannah I will devise and bequeath the right to live in the house I now occupy and partake of such support as its means may afford until she is married; also one half the “Old House” the garden attached thereto next to Andrew Grant’s property, the front plot and wood yard to be the joint property of herself and Mary Ellen. Also to Hannah I leave one plot of beach No 5 and at her marriage the sum of one hundred dollars cash.

To my daughter Elizabeth Boyle I will devise and bequeath my properties in the North East Arm Placentia consisting of Jordan’s Cove Point and Herring Bay Point as set forth in the Grants for these places; fifty dollars cash and in trust for her son Thomas O’Reilly Boyle one lot of beach No. 4

To my daughter Bridget Neary (Bride) I will devise and bequeath the right to live in the house I now occupy and partake of such support as its means may afford until she will be married and at her marriage I leave her one lot of Beach No. 6 and one hundred and fifty dollars cash.

In leaving the greater part of my property to my sons as set forth in the first paragraph of this will it is my will that with this property goes the obligation of supporting the house and its inmate under the terms of this Testament, to that end I desire that there may be no division made of the property that would seriously affect that object as the only means I leave for said support is the income from the house and land, and whatever monies may be left after providing for the before mentioned debts and legacies
I also direct that should any cause prevent the payment of the above mentioned insurances or any portion thereof then said legacies are to be reduced in proportion, but the debt to M. Monroe is to be arranged for even if a portion of the property is to be sold for that purpose.
In witness whereof I have herein set my hand this twenty ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six (sgd) T. O’Reilly.    Signed by the said Thomas O’Reilly the Testator in the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses. (Sgd) Richard Cleary of Placentia Sergeant of Police. (Sgd) Andrew Collins of Placentia Gaoler

      I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of Thomas O’Reilly deceased


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Jos I Little
granted to
Rev John A.
O’Reilly & Wm
F. O’Reilly
the Exors.
Apl 20:1897
Sworn under



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