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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Philip Riely



Will of Philip Riely
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 pages 59 & 60 probate year 1828-1830

In re Philip Riely       deceased

January the 6th 1827 seven. In the name of God Amen. I Philip Riely of Carbonear Cooper, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory and as it is appointed for all men once to die I make this my last will and testament, that is to say Princepally and first of all I give my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body unto the earth to be buried in a Christianlike decent manner by the orders of my Executors which I appoint to be James Finn Cooper and Michael Maddock of Carbonear I bequeath unto my eldest son Edmond Riely the house I now live in with half what plantation I hold and to give his choice of said half. I bequeath unto my youngest son John Riely the house I hold at the Easter side of the path with half what plantation I hold provided that he can never cancel or sell the interest of said house or plantation without the consent of my executors. I bequeath likewise unto John my youngest son ten barrels of Potatoes and my feather bed and bedding. I bequeath unto my eldest son Edm'd Riely the remainder of what potatoes there is in my celler after the ten barrels aforementioned and likewise unto him my wach and hoops and moveable property there is on my Room. I bequeath likewise that my two sons Edmd and John Riely are to pay what debts I owe that is to say, one half each and are connected alike in said debts.
Signed seal'd and delivered in presence of us Philip Riely    Witness    Edwd Morrisy   John Fowler.

Certified correct D.M. Browning



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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 18, 2002

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