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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John L. Slattery



Will of John L. Slattery
from Newfoundland will books volume 11 pages 569 & 570 probate year 1921

In re John L. Slattery       deceased

Know all men by these presents That I, John L. Slattery, of St. John's, Newfoundland, unmarried, cormorant in Boston, in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, declare and publish this instrument as and for my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made. After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath as follows: -

  1. I give to my brother, James Slattery, of said St. John's, the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.) feeling that he is now sufficiently well provided for, as I have previously given him a house.
  2. To the Convent at Glace Bay, Cape Breton, where my sister is now one of the community, (namely, Sister Teresita) I give the sum of two hundred dollars ($200) because of my own deep feeling of love and respect for my said sister.
  3. To my niece, Kathleen O'Connell, now living in my home, I give the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.)
  4. To my great friend, Margaret Coonan, of 66 Duckworth Street, in said St. John's, I give the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.)
  5. To my sister, Mary O'Connell, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, I give the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.)
  6. To my sister Catherine Slattery, now living in said Boston, I give the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.)
  7. To my sister-in-law, Julia Slattery, of King's Row, in said St. John's, I give the sum of fifty dollars ($50.)
  8. To my nephew, John J. Slattery, now living in my home, I give the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.)
  9. To the Benevolent Irish Society, of said St. John's, to have my name kept on the permanent roll, I give the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.)
  10. To my cousin, Monsignor McCarthy, of Carbonear, Newfoundland, I give the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.) for masses for the repose of my soul.
  11. To the next annual collection for the Christian Brothers, to be taken up the first Sunday in Advent in the Cathedral in said St. John's, I give the sum of twenty five dollars ($25.)
  12. My watch, the property of my late brother, I give to Albert Slattery, youngest son of my said late brother.
  13. My house, 64 Prescott Street, in said St. John's, together with all the furniture and furnishings therein, all my other personal belongings, including my automobile, I give, devise and bequeath to my sister, Margaret Slattery, now living with me.
  14. My interest in the business of W. A. Slattery Estate, I give, devise and bequeath to my sisters, Margaret Slattery, of said St. John's, and Catherine Slattery, of said Boston, the said interest to be divided into three parts, two parts of which are to be given to My said sister, Margaret, and one part to my said sister, Catherine.
  15. I have purposely made no provision for the children of my late brother, William, and other children not heretofore mentioned of my brother, James, feeling that they are sufficiently well provided for.
  16. All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed, of which I may die seized or possessed or over which I have any power of disposition or control, I give, devise and bequeath to my said sister, Margaret Slattery.
  17. I nominate and appoint Frank W. Bradshaw, of Bell Street, in said St. John's, Executor of this my last will and request that he be exempt from furnishing any surety or sureties on his official bond.

In Witness Whereof I hereunto set my hand and in the presence of three witnesses declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, this eleventh day of September A.D. 1920. Jno. L. Slattery
On this 11th day of September A.D. 1920, John L. Slattery, of St. John's, Newfoundland, cormorant of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Signed the foregoing instrument in our presence declaring it to be his last will and testament, and as witnesses thereof we three do now in his presence, at his request and in the presence of one another hereto subscribe our names. Augustus Andrews,    Michael J. Jordan    Francis E. Slattery Sep. 21/20
Having made a will in Boston about a week ago in the Office of Francis Slattery Esq. Lawyer 50 State St I find I want to revoke one Section of said will viz: Where I bequeathed one hundred dollars to the Benevolent Irish Society of St. John's Newfoundland, I now revoke said Section and substitute therefor: -
I bequeath to my niece Mary Slattery formerly of 94 Freshwater Road St. John's, but now residing at 138 East 43 St. New York with this torte(?) the sum of one hundred Dollars ($100.00)    John L. Slattery. Witnesses to my signature Witnesses John W. Draper & Douglas Palmer

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan 26/21
Kent J.
Probate granted
to Frank W. Bradshaw
Jan 28/21
Estate Sworn at



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, Wendy Weller and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 26, 2002

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