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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Ryan



Will of John Ryan
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 324 & 325 probate year 1923


In the name of God. Amen.
I, John Ryan, of Holyrood in the District of Harbor Main, being of sound mind for which I thank God, do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and declare this to be my last will.
I bequeath to Mrs. Wm J. Beese who so kindly cared for me, my house with its contests; my meadow; all outhouses; that piece or parcel of land, a little farther in the Road and bounded on the one part by the two main bridges, and on the others by the main brook or river, by land belonging to Wall, and by land belonging to Barrett. I also leave Mrs. Wm. J. Beese One hundred dollars cash.
I bequeath to my nephew, Bernard Lewis, my horse, waggon, sleigh, slide, dray and box cars and harnesses. I also leave him Five hundred dollars cash for his education.
I bequeath to my daughter, Bride Ryan of Winchester Mass. U.S.A. Oil Certificates of the value of Two hundred dollars at Eight per centum. I leave her also eight hundred dollars cash.
I bequeath to my sister, Sara Lewis One hundred dollars cash; and to my brother, William Ryan, One hundred dollars, cash; also to the Catholic Church at Holyrood One hundred dollars, cash.
I bequeath bed - bed - stead, wash - stand, pictures of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacred Heart of Mary to my niece Mary Lewis.
I bequeath my watch and chain to Willie Ryan my nephew.
I bequeath my gun to my nephew Frank Lewis.
I bequeath my trunk to my nephew, Jerome Lewis.
I leave my clothes to be disposed of by Rev. W.P. Finn as he thinks well of - for the poor - especially to remember me in their prayers.
I bequeath my Life Insurance to Rev. W.P. Finn for purpose of enabling him to build a presbytery.
I wish to be buried in a Christian manner according to the rites of the Catholic Church, and that a tomb stone be erected to my memory.
After all my lawful debts, dues, and demands are paid, I will that residue of real estate be employed for Masses for the repose of my soul.
I hereby appoint my parish priest, Rev. W.P. Finn administrator of my will.
Made this 12th day of December A. D. 1922. JOHN RYAN
Signed and acknowledged by the Testator as and for his last will in the presence of us both present at the same time, who in his presence, at his request, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:
Signature of first witness Vincent Burke fisherman
Signature of second witness C.R. Kennedy Merchant

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Feb 16/23
Horwood C.J.
Probate granted
to Rev. William
P. Finn.
Feb 16/23
Estate sworn
at $4860.00



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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 16, 2002

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