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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(Q)
Catherine Quinn

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Catherine Quinn
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 498 to 500 probate year 1847

In re Catherine Quinn      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Catherine Quinn of Saint John's in the Central District of the Island of Newfoundland Widow being in a state of bodily weakness but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make publish and declare this present writing as and for my last will and testament in the manner following, that is to say first and principally I beseech my God unto whose unbounded mercy I yield up my poor soul to have mercy on and grant me a life of everlasting happiness. I desire that my body may be decently interred adjoining the grave of my late husband William Quinn and I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be fully paid and satisfied by my executors with all convenient speed after my decease. And as to my earthly possessions I give and bequeath in the following manner that is to say unto my nephew Michael Allen the sum he now owes me being an amount over one hundred pounds currency my nephew James Marnell the sum he now owes me being an amount over one hundred pounds unto my grand neices Bridget and Mary Joseph O'Mara the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be divided equally between them, the said sum of one hundred pounds currency is to be deducted from the amount John O'Mara now owes me the sum due by him to me after such deduction being one hundred pounds currency. Unto the Sisters of the Presentation Convent forty pounds currency to be paid out of the said balance of one hundred pounds due by the said John O'Mara to me and to be handed by the said John O'Mara to the Revd Mother as my legacy to them, unto my nephew Andrew Marnell fifty pounds currency to be paid out of the said balance due as aforesaid by the said John O'Mara, unto my nephew Stephen Marnell ten poounds currency residue of the said balance, unto my nephew Michael Lawlor and unto my three nieces Catherine Campion, Honor Armstrong and Mary Brophy the sum of forty pounds currency to be divided amongst them share and share alike. Unto the Revd Edward Troy the sum of ten pounds currency, Unto the Revd J.P. Gleeson the sum of seven pounds currency, unto the Sisters of Mercy the sum of three pounds currency, unto the Revd John Forristal the sum of ten pounds currency, unto the Revd C. Dalton the sum of five pounds currency and unto the Right Revd Doctor Fleming the sum of ten pounds currency for the purposes of the Cathedral. And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality soever which shall remain after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the several legacies or sums in gross hereinbefore mentioned by me given and directed to be paid I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof respectively unto my nephew Michael Allen unto my niece Mary O'Mara and unto my nephew James Marnell their and each of their heirs executors administrators and assigns share and share alike. I hereby reposing in them full confidence that they will annually appropriate two pounds currency each during the term of their respective natural lives in charity And lastly I nominate and appoint the said Michael Allen, James Marnell and John O'Mara joint executors of this my last will and testament and hereby revoke all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do publish and declare this present writing alone to be and contain my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Saint John's aforesaid this fifteenth day of May Anno Domini eighteen hundred and forty six. Catherine her X mark Quinn (LS)
Signed (by the said testatrix putting her mark hereto) sealed and delivered by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto it having first been read over and fully explained. Geo. J. Hogsett,   John Casey, J.P.    Thomas Gleeson.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Catherine Quinn
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 27 to 31 probate year 1847.

In the name of God Amen. I Catherine Quinn of Saint Johns in the Central District of the island of Newfoundland, Widow, being in a state of bodily weakness but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, do make publish and declare this present writing as and for my last Will and Testament in the manner followin, that is to say, first and principally I beseech my God unto whose unbounded mercy I yield up my poor soul to have mercy on and grant me a life of everlasting happiness. I desire that my body may be decently interred adjoining the grave of my late husband William Quinn and I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be fully paid and satisfied by my Executors with all convenient speed after my decease: And as to my earthly possessions I give and bequeath in the following manner that is to say, unto my nephew Michael Allen the sum he now owes me being an amount over one hundred pounds currency my nephew James Marnell the sum he now owes me being an amount over one hundred pounds - Unto my grand neices Bridget and Mary Joseph O'Mara the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be divided equally between them, the said sum of one hundred pounds currency is to be deducted from the amount John O'Mara now owes me, the sum due by him to me after such deduction being one hundred pounds currency. Unto the Sisters of the Presentation Convent forty pounds currency to be paid out of the said balance due as aforesaid by the said John O'Mara. Unto my nephew Stephen Marnell ten poounds currency residue of the said balance - Unto my nephew Michael Lawlor and unto my three nieces Catherine Campion, Honor Armstrong and Mary Brophy the sum of forty pounds currency to be divided amongst them share and share alike. Unto the Revd Edward Troy the sum of ten pounds currency - Unto the Revd J.P. Gleeson the sum of seven pounds currency - Unto the Sisters of Mercy the sum of three pounds currency - unto the Revd John Forristal the sum of ten pounds currency - unto the Revd C. Dalton the sum of five pounds currency and unto the Right Revd Doctor Fleming the sum of ten pounds currency for the purposes of the Cathedral. And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality soever which shall remain after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the several legacies or sums in gross hereinbefore mentioned by me given and directed to be paid I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof respectively unto my nephew Michael Allen unto my niece Mary O'Mara and unto my nephew James Marnell their and each of their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns share and share alike. I hereby reposing in them full confidence that they will annually appropriate two pounds currency each during the term of their respective natural lives in charity. And lastly I nominate and appoint the said Michael Allen, James Marnell and John O'Mara joint executors of this my last Will and Testament and hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made do publish and declare this present writing alone to be and contain my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. Johns aforesaid this fifteenth day of May Anno Domini eighteen hundred and forty six. Catherine her X mark Quinn L.S.
Signed (by the said testatrix putting her mark hereto) sealed and delivered by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto: it having first been read over and fully explained. Geo. J. Hogsett,   John Casey, J.P.   Thomas Gleeson.

Newfoundland - In the Supreme Court St. Johns, to wit ~
George James Hogsett of St. Johns aforesaid Esquire a subscribing witness to the execution of the within paper writing maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see Catherine Quinn in the said paper named, set her mark to, seal publish and declare the same paper writing as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence as well of this Deponent as of John Casey Junior and Thomas Gleeson the other subscribing witness thereto. And this Deponent further saith that the said paper writing was read over and explained to the said Testatrix and that she fully understood the same. And lastly this Deponent saith that the said Testatrix at the time of publishing her said Will was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of this Deponent's knowledge and belief. Geo. J. Hogsett.
Sworn before me at St. Johns this sixth day of March A.D. 1847
Rob. R.W. Lilly. Commissioner of Affidavits.

 

 

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 Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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