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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Catharine Ryan
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 pages 547-548 probate
Last will and Testament of
Catharine Ryan of St. John’s
This is the last will and Testament
of me Catharine Ryan of St. John’s widow.
direct that my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall
be first paid out of my Estate.
- I give devise and bequeath to my son Patrick the dwelling house in which I now live with the land thereto
appurtenant including the outhouse and land upon which it is built
but subject to the provision for the division of the land hereinafter
contained and also subject to to the condition that my son Michael shall have the right to occupy the said house whilst he remain single
and unmarried during his lifetime and my daughter Bridget to occupy
the said house whilst she remain single and unmarried during her lifetime
with my said son Patrick but upon the event of my said son Michael marrying then his interest therein shall cease and determine and upon
the marriage of my said daughter her interest therein shall also cease
and determine And the said dwelling house and outhouse with the said
land appurtenant shall vest absolutely in my said son Patrick Provided
nevertheless that the land now held by me situate near the Cross Roads
shall at my death be equally divided between my three sons Patrick
Michael and James and it is hereby declared that the land just before
referred to shall form a portion of Patrick’s
share and the land given by deed to James shall form a portion of his
- I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Bridget a piece of land situate on Brine’s Street in the rear of the West
End Amusement Hall measuring Twenty five feet frontage on said street
and twenty five feet in the rear at the Eastern boundary of said land
To hold the same to her for ever.
- I give devise and bequeath
to my daughter Mary Kelly a piece of land adjoining said piece
devised to Bridget on Brine’s Street aforesaid of the same dimensions To
hold the same to her forever.
- I give devise and bequeath
all my right title and interest in and to the remainder of
the land on Brine’s Street to all my children aforesaid To hold the same to
them as tenants in common in equal shares.
- I give and bequeath
to my daughter Bridget aforesaid whilst she remains unmarried
all my right title and interest in and to the rents issues and profits
arising from the lands on Brine’s Street not herein otherwise disposed
of and it is my will and desire and I hereby declare that upon the marriage
of my said daughter the said rents issues and profits of the said land
shall be equally divided amongst my said children including the said
- I give devise and bequeath to my sons Patrick and
Michael all my right title and interest in and to that land
situate on the Topsail Road near the farm of Patrick McGrath To hold
the same unto them as tenants in common in equal shares.
- I hereby
appoint my son Patrick Ryan Executor of this my last will
St. John’s January 17th A.D. 1899. (Sgd) Catharine
her X mark Ryan Signed published and declared by the Testatrix by making her
mark hereto the said will having first been read over and explained
as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of us who
in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other
have hereunto our hands subscribed as witnesses. (Sgd) Edward
W. B. Moore (sgd) Arthur W. Knight
I certify the foregoing to be
a correct copy of the last will and Testament of Catharine Ryan deceased
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Oct. 30: 1899
Page Contributed by Sheila Tiberio, Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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