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Will of Matthew Scanlan
In the name of God Amen- I Mathew Scanlan Parish Priest of Bonavista in the Northern District of the island of Newfoundland being of sound mind memory and understanding do make ordain and publish the following as and for my last will and testament in manner following that is to say-
First to the Superior for the time being of the Monastery of Mount Melleray County of Waterford Ireland I will and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds currency for the celebration of private Masses for the repose of my soul.
Second to my executors hereinafter named I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds currency to be invested by them in Government stock or in other good and reliable security and the interest arising therefrom I will and desire shall be paid annually to the said Superior and his successors for the celebration of one High Mass in each and every year for the repose of my soul.
Third I will and bequeath the sum of six hundred pounds currency to the President or Superior for time being of All Hallows College Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland for the founding of a Bourse in that institution for the support maintenance and education of a student who shall after his ordination therein be sent on such foreign mission as the President or Superior aforesaid may select or desire-
Fourth- I will and desire that my executors shall expend the sum of sixty pounds currency in and about the purchase and erection of a monument over my grave. All the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels monies and effects of every kind soever I will and bequeath to my executors to be expended by them on and for such religious or charitable objects or purposes in the parish of which I shall be Parish Priest at the time of my death or in which I shall die. I hereby nominate and appoint the Reverend Thomas McGrath of St. John’s in the island aforesaid Roman Catholic Curate and Maurice Fenalon of same place Bookseller executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke annul and declare void all former and other wills by me heretofore made Witness my hand at St. John’s aforesaid this thirteenth day of October Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
Mathew Scanlan (LS) Signed published and declared by the said Reverend Mathew Scanlan as and for his last will and testament in our presence who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto set our hands as witnesses on the day and year last above written- The words “or in which I shall die” being interlined on this page,
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 or typed 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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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