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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Henry Ryan


Will of Henry Ryan
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 423 & 424 probate year 1920

In re Henry Ryan       deceased

This is the last Will and Testament of me Henry Ryan, given, signed, and delivered in Pouch Cove in the District of St. John's East in the Dominion of Newfoundland, on the twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen. I Henry Ryan of Pouch Cove, St. John's East, Nfld, being of sound mind, and disposing memory do make this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills and Codicils made and delivered by me. I appoint as executors of this my last Will and Testament my friend A. C. Grouchy of Pouch Cove and my Clergyman Rev. Arthur E. Tulk.

After the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give, devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate which I may now or hereafter be possessed of or interested in the manner following: that is to say: I give devise and bequeath to my son Francis Ryan that part of the building known as my dwelling house which I occupy with its furniture [excepting the organ, sewing machine and one bed with its fittings]. I give devise and bequeath also to my said son Francis the Store near the House, and Stable, half the cellar and half the Store near Mundy's Factory, and half of my part of the waterside premises consisting of Store, Stage and Flakes. I give devise and bequeath to my said son Francis [continued from page 1] the cabbage garden in front of the house, and the cabbage garden by the cellar less a strip about 12 feet wide the length of the garden about East and West which I wish my son James to take and include in with his part of the garden which he is now using. I give devise and bequeath to my said son Francis half of the meadow below the aforesaid cabbage garden, half of the cultivated land, half of the wooded land, and half of the Commons of the property situate near Robinson's Gully, also one quarter of the piece of land inside of the road leading to William Strugnell's garden. I give devise and bequeath to my said son Francis half of my part of the fishing traps half of the gear belonging to the traps, half of my part of the boats, my whole part of the engines, and half of my part of all other fishing apparatus, with half the horse, carts, slide, and gear connected with the horse. I make the above bequests to my son Francis subject to the following conditions

  1. That he allow my son James to have the use of the store and stable near the house.
  2. That he help his mother and his sister Ida all that he reasonably can.

I give and devise and bequeath to my son James Ryan the sum of three hundred dollars and all the remainder of my property not bequeathed to my son Francis or hereinafter mentioned, [continued from page 2] I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Ida the sum of seven hundred dollars, the sewing machine, the organ and her bed with its furnishings. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Rebecca Ryan the sum of nine hundred dollars. I give devise and bequeath to my daughters Sarah Bowden and Jane Williams the sum of fifty dollars each. I give devise and bequeath to the son of my wife William Edgar one quarter of the garden inside of the road leading to William Strugnell's garden, and I also direct that my sons Francis and James give him enough land in a convenient place to build a house for himself to live in if he should need it. I give devise and bequeath any money that may be left after satisfying the above-mentioned demands, to be divided equally between my son Francis, my daughter Ida, and my wife Rebecca. Henry his X mark Ryan.

Signed and delivered in our presence on the twenty second day of November 1919 who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto affixed our names as attested witnesses. Arthur E. Tulk. B.A.  Alex C. Grouchy.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Feb 19/20
Horwood CJ.
Probate granted
to Alexander
C. Grouchy
and Arthur
E. Tulk.
Feb. 25/20.
Estate sworn
at $5350.00



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: November 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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