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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael Riley


Will of Michael Riley
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 19 & 20 probate year 1851.

In re
     Michael Riley       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, the twentieth day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty six. I Michael Riley of the town of Thurles and now residing in the Island of Newfoundland and in the vicinity of St. John's in the Island aforesaid, Farmer, being very sick and weak of body but perfect mind and memory thanks be to God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my boddy knowing that it is appointed unto all men to die, I do 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 boddy I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form,
First I give and bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved wife the sum of ten pounds a year of lawful English money of England to be raised and levied out of my estate and paid to her by my executor hereafter named provideing she wish to leave the said estate until her death
Also I give to my well beloved son Michael Riley one ton of hay for the term of three years to be raised and levied out of my estate and paid to him by my executor hereafter named.
Also I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John Riley whom I make and ordain my sole executor of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands messuages and tenements together with all my household goods debts and moveable effects horse cow and all other farming implements by him to be freely possed and enjoyed and I do hereby disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and conforming 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. Michael his X mark Riley. (LS) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Michael Riley as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, Thomas O'Brien.     Richard his X mark Walsh.   William his X mark Sinnet.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 16, 2002)

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