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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Johanna Raftus



Will of Johanna Raftus
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 396 & 397 probate year 1923


I, Johanna Raftus of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow, being of sound mind and in possession of all my faculties, declare that this is my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills, Codicils and Testamentary Dispositions made by me.

  1. I appoint David Delahunty, my friend, to be my Executor and Trustee of this my Will.
  2. All my just debts and expenses incidental to my death must be settled by my Executor as soon as possible after my death, and before any bequests mentioned hereafter can be paid.

I give and bequeath as follows:

  • Five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the Superioress of Belvidere Orphanage in trust for the orphans.
  • Five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the Superior of Mount Cashel in trust for the orphans.
  • One hundred dollars for Mass intentions for my father, mother & sister.
  • One hundred dollars for Mass intentions for my husband & children.
  • One hundred dollars for Mass intentions for myself.
  • One hundred dollars for building fund of St. Patrick's Church.
  • One hundred dollars for Mrs. Raphael St. Patricks Convent.
  • One hundred dollars for Rev. Fr. Pippy P.P. St. Josephs St. John's.
  • one hundred dollars to Mrs. David Delahunty Patrick St. St. John's.
  • one hundred dollars to Mr. David Delahunty Patrick St. John's.
  • Fifty dollars to Mr. Patrick Goss 142 Gower St. St. John's.
  • House 130 Pleasant St. St. John's and all ground and land with all chattels contained therein to Mrs. James Mullins Hagerty St. St. John's.
  • the residue of my estate to be divided equally between St. Michael's and Mount Cashel Orphanage.
  • Mrs. Fewer 128 Pleasant St. one feather bed.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of June Anno Domini, nineteen hundred and twenty three. Johanna Raftus
Signed by the above named Testatrix as her last will in the joint presence of herself and us, who, at her request, and in the same joint presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Patrick J. Goss.    David Delahunty.

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat June 25/23
Horwood C. J.
Probate granted
to David
June 25/23.
Estate sworn
at $4250.34



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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 28, 2002

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