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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Michael Power
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 22-23 probate year 1866
Michael Power deceased.
I Michael Power of Saint John's Fisherman make and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament, that is to say First after the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I will and desire that my executor hereinafter named shall distribute my money goods chattels and effects as follows To Mary Driscoll I will and bequeath the sum of One hundred pounds currency. To the Orphanage of St. Michael's at St. John's I bequeath the sum of ten pounds, To the Sisters of Mercy of St. John's I bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency. To the Reverend Father Veriker of st. John's, I bequeath the sum of five pounds currency for Masses for the repose of my soul.
To the Reverend Jeremiah O'Donnell the sum of five pounds for the like purpose. To the Reverend Father Michael Walsh the sum of five pounds currency for the like purpose. To the Reverend Dr. Howley the sum of five pounds for the like purpose as stated in the bequest to Father Veriker.
To the Reverend David O'Donnell the sum of five pounds for the like purpose, To the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's for the time being the sum of twenty pounds for High masses for the repose of my soul.
To Catherine Power widow of the late Peter Power of Pill Town Kilkenny, Ireland, the sum of twenty pounds currency.
To the Church of St. Patrick's at River Head I bequeath the sum of twenty pounds currency to be expended in its erection.
To the Roman Catholic Cathedral I will and bequeath the sum of twenty pounds to be expended by the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John's toward said building.
To the Reverend Father Scott I will and bequeath the sum of five pounds currency. I will and desire that my executor hereinafter named shall place a suitable headstone at my grave in Bellevidere where I desire my remains shall be interred. I hereby appoint John Maher executor to carry out this my last will and testament and I will and desire that the rest residue and remainder of my moneys and effects shall go to the Orphanage of St. Michael's which Institution I name as my residuary legatee hereby revoking all former and other wills made by me. Michael Power. Signed sealed and declared as and for the last will and testament of Michael Power this 25th day of October A.D. 1866 in our presence, Jos. I. Little, Francis E. Blunden.
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. 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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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