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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Daniel Shanahan


Will of Daniel Shanahan
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 212-213 probate year 1856

In re
     Daniel Shanahan      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Daniel Shanahan of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland being sick and weak of bodily health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz. I first will and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and next my body to the earth to be interred in a decent and Christian like manner and I order all my just and lawful debts to be paid.     I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Bridget Shanahan after my decease all the money goods furniture and property I possess or belonging to me for her sole use and benefit during her natural life and at her death what remains of my property I do order her to divide it amongst the Catholic Clergy to have Masses said for my soul and her own and I nominate and appoint her the said Bridget Shanahan to be my sole executrix to have this my last will and testament executed.
In witness whereof I the said testator have hereunto my hand and seal subscribed and set at Saint John's Newfdland this twenty second day of Aug. 1856.
Daniel his X mark Shanahan (LS)
In the presence of James Hackett, James Lang, Michael Farrell, Thomas Raftis.

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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