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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Skehane


Will of Patrick Skehane
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 325 & 326 probate year 1840

In re
     Patrick Skehane       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Patrick Skehane of the Parish of Dualla County Tipperary Ireland but at present a resident of St. John's Newfdland Shoreman being sickly but of perfect sound mind & memory & calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament that is to say, principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul unto the Almighty God who gave it & my xxx body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the Almighty power of God And as touching such a worldly sum of money wherewith it pleased God to bless me with I give & bequeath the same in the following manner & form
first I request that all my lawful debts shall be paid & discharged as soon as possible after my interment I give & bequeath to my loving sisters Mary & Judy or heirs all the monies I now have in my possession that is one half to my sister Mary or heirs & one half to my sister Judy or heirs. I also nominate & appoint my friend Charles Loughman of St. John's Newfdland to get & receive all the monies belonging to me that is laying in the savings Bank (of Newfdland) to get the remainder of my money lying on the hands of the Trustees of the estate of Robert Brine & Co. And to be paid over equally to my said sisters Mary & Judy or heirs I do ordain these presents to stand hereby ratifying & confirming this to be my last will & testament.
In witness whereof to this my said will I have set my hand & seal at St. John's Newfdland this 28th day of March one thousand eight hundred & forty 1840. Patrick his X mark Skehane.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the testator. Signed Edmd Kennedy.   John Doyle.   Jim Murphy.

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 (October 30, 2002)

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