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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Johanna Raftus
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 396 & 397 probate
In re JOHANNA RAFTUS. DECEASED.
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
- I appoint David Delahunty, my friend, to be my Executor
and Trustee of this my Will.
- 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
- one hundred dollars to Mrs. David Delahunty Patrick St.
- one hundred dollars to Mr. David Delahunty Patrick St.
- 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.
|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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