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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Patrick Shelly
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 121 & 122 probate year 1831.
Patrick Shelly deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Patrick Shelley of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Shopkeeper being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do dispose of my worldly affairs as follows-
First I bequeath all my landed property goods chattels and effects of every description (after all my lawful debts are paid) to Stephen Malone, William Hayward, James Anderson Senr and James Anderson Junr all of Saint John's aforesaid in Trust for the support maintenance & education of my infant son Edward Shelly as well as for the support maintenance & education of any other child or children hereafter to be born of my wife Mary by me subject to the payment of the sum of twenty pounds per annum to be paid to my said wife Mary during her widowhood and I expect that my Executors hereinafter named will attend to a suitable education for the said Edward Shelly as well as any other child hereafter to be born as aforesaid, And in the even of the decease of the said Edward Shelly as well as the decease or any other child to be born hereafter as aforesaid before they attain the age of twenty one years then the remainder of the property at that time I bequeath to my said wife Mary during her widowhood, and afterwards to revert to the nearest male relative born in wedlock of the said testator (except my brothers John Shelly and David Shelly and their heirs) It is my wish that the houses and premises I now occupy shall be always kept insured and that none of the legatees herein named shall be at liberty to sell or mortgage their share or shares of the said houses and premises or any part thereof but to revert to their respective heirs for ever And I do hereby appoint the said Stephen Malone, William Hayward, James Anderson Senr and James Anderson Junr Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by deed or verbally by me in any wise made, do declare this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the town of Saint John's aforesaid the eighteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. Patrick Shelly (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of It being understood that any child or children shall remain under the Guardianship and controul of their mother during her widowhood and these my executors, in default thereof the bequest herein made to be forfeited and the surviving executors are hereby authorized to exercise a just discretionary power and authority to whome the same shall belong. Will Carson. Joseph Shea. Anthy Wm. Godrey.
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 (December 18, 2002)
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