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Will of Mary O’Shaughnessy
In the name of God Amen. I Mary O’Shaughnessy of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland widow of the late John O’Shaughnessy, M.D. of Carbonear aforesaid, being of perfect mind and memory although weak in body and knowing that it is appointed for all once to die and moreover being desirous that there should be no disputes after my decease respecting what property I may possess at the time of my decease, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, First I give and bequeath to the Revd Stephen Flynn C.C. of Carbonear a carpet and Hearth Rug in consideration of Masses for the repose of my soul. To the Presentation Convent Carbonear three religious pictures. To Mrs. Ellen Ryan of Kings Cove a Looking Glass, a counterpane, a grey shawl and a waistcoat and a pair of men’s Boots. To Mrs. Margaret Kenny of Fermeuse a watch. To John O’Shaughnessy a silver snuff-box and a medical Work by Sir Astley Cooper. To my sister Alice Quin and her heirs and assigns a dress of silk and Mohair. To my sister Margaret Quin a Red Damask dress. To Mrs. Thomas Furlong a black satin shawl. To Mrs. Michael Kearney all my other loose dresses, cloth cape, crocks and bed clothes, and half the contents of the chest at Honble J. Rorke’s office. To Mrs. James Bolger St. John’s Newfoundland a round rosewood table. My two feather beds are to be sent to Mrs. James Bolger aforesaid to be sold by her, and the proceeds of the sale thereof I give and bequeath to my sisters in the County Kilkenny Ireland their heirs and assigns, who are most in need. To the Presentation Convent, Carbonear, I also bequeath some linen for the Altar. To Mrs. John Fitzgerald two cake plates. To Mrs. Michael Kearney one waistcoat. My snuff is to be returned to Mr. Hanly, St. John’s. My medicine and drugs are to be returned to Mr. McMurdo St. John’s. To Mrs. Peter Tobin a waistcoat. To Mrs. Michael Costigan six common chairs, a cotton quilt and half the contents of the chest at Honble John Rorke’s office. To Lawrence Mackey a chest of drawers, books, scales and weights, six cane bottom chairs. The Red Damask is to be sold by Hoble John Rorke to help to defray my funeral expenses. After defraying the expenses of my burial the cost of tombstone for myself and husband and other testamentary and incidental expenses, I hereby devise, ordain and appoint that the residue of the money which I now possess and which amounts to the sum of one hundred and three pounds three shillings and four pence currency of Newfoundland, shall be equally divided among my sisters and brother their heirs and assigns. I also ordain and appoint Honble John Rorke and Lawrence Mackey Esqr J.P. as executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine. Mary O’Shaughnessy. (LS) Signed sealed published and pronounced and declared by the said Mary O’Shaughnessy as her Last will and testament in the presence of us, who in the presence of each other and in her presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, James Rorke. Robert Penny.
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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