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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Shanahan



Will of John Shanahan
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 page 51 probate year 1828-1830

In re John Shanahan       deceased

In the name of the Father and off the Son and off the Holey Goast amen. I John Shanahan Fisherman in Torbay being weak in helth but of good and sound memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament as follows viz That is to say that my house meadows and potatoe gardens is to be sold by public auction togeather with all the rest of my houseold property of wat ever kind it may be; and after my funeral expences is all paid the remainder is to be sent home to Ireland to my sister if that she is a livr and if not it is to be given to my sisters dawter. I also request that there will be three Masses selebrated for my soul and them to be first of all paid for. Also that William Dannell is to pay my executers here for my new boat in the fall and she to be delivered up to be sold with all the rest of my property I also fully impower John Dela Power to carry all this my last will into execution in the best way that he may think property and just and to the best advantage for my friends at home. Given from under my hand at Torbay this 23rd day of June in the yeare of 1828 and in the presence of the undersigned persons my nearest friends. John his X mark Shanahan.    John D. Power.     John his X mark Conners.    Frederick Fitzpatrick.

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.

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REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 19, 2002

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