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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John C. Ryan


Will of John C. Ryan
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 360 probate year 1919

In re John C. Ryan       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me John C. Ryan Grocer of No. 14 Casey Street in the County of St. John's Newfld, made this twenty seventh day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighteen I hereby revoke all wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint F. McNamara Provision Merchant Queen St and P.C. O'Driscoll accountant both of St. John's Newfld to be my Executors, and direct that all my debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth one half of all money in the Newfld Savings Bank and all Household Furniture-Pictures-Glass-Books-Plate Linen and other furnishings in and about my dwelling house as her own absolute property. Also balance of interest in lease of store and house now occupied by me-and also Freehold house and land 18 Casey Street during her life and at her death to be sold and amount realized for same to be divided equally among my surviving children-James-John and Charles. In addition to above all stock in store to be left to my wife Elizabeth. I give and bequeath to my three sons James John and Charles the remaining half of my money in the Newfld Savings Bank in equal proportions on the attainment of my son Charles 21st Birthday. My son Charles is to be given my watch. J. C. Ryan. Signed by the said Testator in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
F. McNamara. P.C. O'Driscoll.

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Aug 22/19
Kent J..
Probate granted
to Frank McNamara
and Patrick C.
Aug. 29/1919.
Estate sworn at



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 and Eric Weller

Revised: October 23, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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