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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Ryan
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 480-481 probate
John Ryan deceased.
In the name of the Father and of the
son, and of the Holy Ghost. I John Ryan Priest at St.
Patricks church St. John’s
N.F.L. do make this my last will, and testament, hereby revoking any
and all former wills by me hereto fore made. I appoint the Rev
Roger Tierney, P.P.
Petty Harbor as Executor to this my last will. After the payment of all
my just debts and funeral expenses I give devise and bequeath the remainder
of my estate: as follows:
(1) The Masses found entered
in my Intention Book to be celebrated as soon as possible after my death.
My Intention Book will be found in the drawer of my writing desk.
one hundred and fifty dollars to be given for the celebration of Masses
for those persons for whom I may have forgotten or neglected to say Masses
either of obligation or promise.
(3) I wish the sum of one
hundred dollars be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Societies for the
poor of St. John’s
To the sisters of Mercy Belvedere Convent the sum of sixty dollars
The residue of my estate to be distributed among the priests for (low)
masses for the repose of my soul. I hereby request my Executor to send
on immediately Consensu Episcopi to Mount Mellerey. Ireland. One hundred
dollars for said purpose
(6) My English Books I leave to the
children of Mary. St. Patricks, to be the nucleus of a library to be
kept in the Convent schools for their use. My Encyclopedia Britannica
to the Christian Brothers, Holy Cross schools, to be kept in there for
the use of the pupils: my theological works to those priests who will
say Masses for the souls in Purgatory, and my sermon books to my Executor.
(7) My vestments, including albs. stoles, nochets and surplus to be kept
and used in St. Patrick’s Church
The furniture at present in my rooms, and the silverware & in the
dining room I wish to be left to the priests who will succeed me at St.
I would wish my Executor to forward to my brother my watch and chain.
The chain to be found in writing desk
(10) I request that all
manuscripts (sermons or lectures) found in my rooms be at once destroyed
(11) Finally I ask pardon and forgiveness of all those I may have during
life in any way offended or injured and implore their prayers and the
prayers of all for the eternal repose of my poor soul. May it rest in
peace. Amen In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand this seventh (7th) day of April A.D. 1907. (sgd) John
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
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