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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Stephen Purcell


Will of Stephen Purcell
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 314-315 probate year 1884

In re
     Stephen Purcell deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Stephen Purcell of Portugal Cove in the Island of Newfoundland being at present of perfect mind and memory (thanks be to God) but calling to mind the mortality of the body knowing that its appointed to all man once to die do on this twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in Christian decent burial and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it had pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of in the following manner
1st all my property consisting of land bounded on the east by land occupied by James Neary on the west by land owned by Jacob Miller and north and south by the public road also the waterside premises bounded on the north and south by the public Road and on the east by land owned by Jacob Miller and James Neary also a piece of ground bounded on the north by the public road the south by land held by Jacob Miller the east by land held by Thomas Stickly and west by property of William Neary also a meadow bounded on the north by the Chapel House on the south by land held by Henry Jennings on the east by land occupied by Mark Piccoe and west by land held by William Harvey also a piece of ground bounded on the north by land belonging to John Clare and John Harvey on the south by the cliff, on the east by ground of William Harvey on the west by land occupied by John Harvey My house and stable and all contained in both places and all other moveable and unmoveable property of every description whatever not mentioned in the above will (together with all that mentioned I give and bequeath all my landed and other property and all whatever else I possess to my son Daniel under the following restrictions, while my wife remains unmarried she is to have full control over the property (as I had myself) during her natural life, should my son die without issue the property after my wife’s death to be given to William Purcell son of John Purcell of Saint Johns’ (or nearest kin) but no inference to be made or no annoyance to be given my said wife in her possession of the property during her natural life & property to remain in the name of Purcell (she is not either to sell or mortgage any of the property during her life) and I appoint Stephan Hynes and Michael Hanlon as executors to this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacies and bequests made by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written, Stephen Purcell (LS)   Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Stephen Purcill as her last will and testament who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses of the same, Witnesses: William Harvey, Michael Clare.

Certified correct,
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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