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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Ryan


Will of Patrick Ryan Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 247-248 probate year 1857

In re
     Patrick Ryan      deceased.

In the name of God amen, the thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.     I Patrick Ryan of Keels in Bonavista Bay Newfoundland through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life & that that it is appointed to all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportions here following,     First, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Patrick Ryan of Keels one third part of all my flakes and stage, to him and his heirs for ever also the use of part of my store house for two or three years if he require the same Also I give & bequeath to my two grandsons Patrick Ryan and William Ryan, sons of my deceased son William the other two thirds of my flakes and stage, one third to Patrick and the remaining one third of the same to William my grandsons aforesaid to them & their heirs for ever, And I also give all my gardens, dwelling house, two storehouses, nets and all sorts of fishing gear household furniture, beds & bedding, clothing and all sorts of property now belonging to me to my two grandsons aforesaid, Patrick and William Ryan, in equal shares half & half alike.     I also desire that I shall be decently buried in a manner suitable to a person of my station in life, I also request my son Patrick Ryan to be my sole executor, And I do hereby revoke and disannul all & every other former will, legacy or bequest by me in anyway before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament.
In witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above-written.
Patrick his X mark Ryan, Sr.
Signed, sealed and declared by the said Patrick Ryan as his last will & testament in presence of us the subscribers, James Stewart, David Ducey, Patrick Brine.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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