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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Michael Ryan


Will of Michael Ryan
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 20 to 22 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Michael Ryan       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Michael Ryan.
I give, devise and bequeath to my son Daniel the sum of eight hundred dollars and also the northwestern half of Wards Farm.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Patrick Thirteen Hundred dollars and all and singular the back and front side premises at Cape Shore, together with the Houses, fishing rooms, and land thereat situate, also Williams Ways Garden on the Lance Cove Road.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Michael Thirteen Hundred dollars, with the dwelling House, now occupied by me and also the shop and Store, stable Cellars, front Garden, Fogeys Meadow, Moses Okeefs(?) Garden, James Templeman's Garden, John Abbotts Garden and the shop at Lance Cove, and Brown's Meadow, and Henry Abbotts Meadow.
I give devise and bequeath to my son John Eight Hundred dollars together with the South eastern half of Wards Farm.
To my son Nicholas, I give devise and bequeath one Thousand Dollars together with, the two Cove Gardens.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Edmund one Thousand Dollars together with William Fogey's Garden the Bakeapple Marsh and Thomas Fitzgeralds Garden.
To my daughter Mary White I bequeath the sum of Eight Hundred Dollars, together with Dwelling House Stores, and Outhouse, with lands attached thereto situated in Bonavista, and bought from my son Patrick adjoining Samsons Mifflins property to have and to hold the same houses and lands during the term of her natural life without any provision to sell the same. After the death of my daughter, Mary White the said Houses and lands and appurtenances thereto shall become the property of my son Nicholas Ryan his heirs, assigns and successors, to have and to hold the said Houses and lands forever.
To my daughter Maggie White I bequeath the sum of Eight Hundred Dollars.
To my Grand daughter Mary Ellen Doody I bequeath the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.
To my Grand daughter Catherine White now in Boston I bequeath the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.
I bequeath to my son Daniel Ryan the sum of six Hundred Dollars, for the use of my Grand children, say Maud White the sum of Two Hundred Dollars Theresa White the sum of Two Hundred Dollars and Maggie White the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, all these sums to be applied at his discretion either to their education, or to give them the principal and Interest when they arrive at the age of Twenty one years. Should either die before this trust is fulfilled the said sums or the balance of them, to be divided, at his discretion, among the surviving sisters. The foregoing pecuniary bequests are provided for by three debentures viz. - Numbers 9. Numbers 19 and 119 also one deposit Receipt on Bank of Montreal for Two Thousand Dollars.
I bequeath to my son Michael all the Cattle Farming implements and Household furniture that shall be in and upon the premises at the time of my death.
In the event of the death of one or more of my sons, I desire that the Executors shall divide his pecuniary bequest equally among the surviving sons hereinbefore mentioned and the Land according to their discretion and judgment. I have omitted my son James from this distribution of my estate because I have already viz:- on the Thirteenth day of February A.D. 1880 given him the sum of Twelve Hundred Dollars, as his share, and informed him at the same time that it was his share.
I desire my executors to give Forty Dollars to the resident Priest of Bonavista to say Masses for the repose of my soul. I appoint Samuel Templeman of Thomas of Bonavista, and my said son Daniel Ryan of Kings Cove my sole executors of this my will. Michael Ryan.
Signed and declared by the testator for his last will and Testament in presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have signed as witnesses. Dated at Bonavista this First day of October A.D. 1901 (this may be 1901). Witness John C. Shears (L S)   Witness Martin J. Kinsella (LS).

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of Michael Ryan
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
May 3/06
Emerson J.
granted to
Daniel A.
Ryan and
on the 18th
day of May
AD 1906.
at $11052.00



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

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 4, 2002)

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