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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Phelan


Will of Patrick Phelan
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 262 & 263 probate year 1838

In re
     Patrick Phelan       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Patrick Phelan Farmer and resident of Windor Lake Native of Ireland County of Kilkenny Perfect in mind of perfect memory thanks unto God make this my last will & testament I first bequeath & resign my soul to Almighty God that gave it & my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial First I bequeath & leave unto my lawful & dearly beloved wife Mary Phelan alias Mallone all and singular all my property & possessions consisting of lands houses horses cows and all effects goods consisting of two horses one cow one wood cart one box cart and all other effects moveable and immoveable in and outside doors. I bequeath to my mother the sum Five pounds stg & I constitute and appoint my wife Mary Phelan to be my lawful executrix in executing this my will as given under my hand this 16th day of November 1837. Patrick his x mark Phelan.    Witness, Laurence Lane.   Revd James Walsh.   Martin Walsh. I bequeath to the Rt Rev. Bishop Fleming Five pounds for pious purposes.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 10, 2003)

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