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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Stephen Purcell
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 314-315 probate
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
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
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
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.
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.
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