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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Martin Power
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 250-251 probate
Martin Power deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Martin
Power of St. John’s Fisherman do make publish and declare this as and
for my last will and testament.
First I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses
Second To my executor hereinafter named I give and bequeath the sum
of one hundred pounds to be by him taken and held for the use and benefit of
my niece Catherine Leary as separate estate free and clear of the debts and control
of her husband and to be paid to her in such sums and at such times as to my
executor shall seem proper-
Third- To my said executor I give and bequeath the further sum of one
hundred pounds to be by him taken and held in trust for my nephew Thomas
Leary son of my above named niece to be paid to him when he shall have
attained the age of twenty one years or be out of his apprenticeship whichever
time my executor shall deem best-
Fourth. I give devise and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to the Catholic
Clergy in Saint John’s for Masses for the repose of my soul.
Fifth I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to the Very Reverend
Jeremiah O’Donnell of Harbor Main and five pounds to the Reverend
Patrick O’Donnell of the same Parish for the offering up of Masses for the repose
of my soul.
Sixth I will and bequeath ten pounds to the Orphanage of St. Michaels
Belvedere for the support of the orphans therein-
Seventh. I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to the Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul towards the relief of the poor in Saint John’s-
Eighth- I will and bequeath the sum of five pounds towards the completion
of Saint Patricks Church River Head-
Ninth. I will and bequeath five pounds towards the support of the Christian
Brothers in Saint John’s.
Tenth- I will and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to be applied towards
the completion and support of the Christian Brothers Schools in Saint Patricks
Eleventh- I will and direct my executor to expend the sum of fifty
pounds in and about my funeral expenses and in the erection of a suitable monument
and railing on and around my grave and if said amount be insufficient then he
shall expend out of the residue of my monies such further sum as may meet these
expenses and charges-
I will and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my monies
and chattels to my executor to hold the same in trust for the use and benefit
of the children of my said niece Catherine Leary in equal shares
to such of them as he in his judgment may consider worthy thereof. Lastly
I nominate and appoint my friend James
Murray of Duckworth Street St.
John’s, Shopkeeper, executor hereof. Dated
at St. John’s this 24th day of June A.D. 1881. Martin
his X mark Power. Witness Jos. I. Little,
D. M. Browning
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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