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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Scanlon


Will of John Scanlon
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 340 & 341 probate year 1840

In re
     John Scanlon       deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me John Scanlon of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Cooper. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine the sum of seventy pounds currency and one bed and bedding. I give and bequeath to my son Michael Scanlon all my right title and interest (subject to a just proportion of the ground rent to be fixed by my executors) in and to those two tenements or dwelling houses with the appurtenances held by me under lease from Brophey one of which is occupied by John Blunden as my tenant and the other is at present unoccupied and it is my will and I do hereby direct that until my said son Michael shall attain the age of twenty five years the rents and profits thereof shall be taken and received by my executors hereinafter named and invested by them from time to time for his benefit in Colonial securities or such other securities as they may think proper and the amount thereof with such interest as may be received for the same (after deducting all just expenses) to be paid over to him at the age aforesaid. I give and bequeath to my sister Bridget Scanlon the sum of ten pounds currency, I give to the Roman Catholic Church the sum of ten pounds currency to be expended for Masses for the good of my soul and to be paid by my executors in two equal payments of five pounds each one such payment to be made the year of my decease and the other in the year following. And as to the residue of my estate real and personal my interest in the premises on Water Street which I now occupy subject to the proportion of ground rent money household furniture stock in trade Coopers stuff, tools, implements and other things whatsoever except as hereinbefore given and bequeathed I give and bequeath the same subject to my just debts and funeral expenses unto my eldest son Patrick Scanlon. And lastly I appoint my friend Michael Scanlon of Saint John's aforesaid and my said son Patrick Scanlon executors of this my will hereby revoking all former wills by me ever made and declaring this my only true last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty. John Scanlon (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator John Scanlon as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Richard Trelogan.   Samuel Carson

Certified Correct,
D.M. Browning



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 (March 18, 2003)

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