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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John J. St. John


Will of John J. St. John
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 85 probate year 1918)

In re Right Rev. John J. St. John       deceased

Holy Trinity Presbytery Torbay Newfoundland Sept. 6th 1917.
This is the last will and Testament of me, John J. St. John parish priest of Torbay.

  1. I hereby decree that whatsoever property I may be in possession of at my death shall be sold to the best advantage that is to say:- my horse, carriage and harness; my cow, carts & farm implements: my household furniture & personal effects: my books & pictures and all my belongings shall be sold by public auction, or otherwise as my executor may decide, and I appoint as my executor my most esteemed friend, Rt. Rev. Monsignor Reardon P.P. Placentia.
  2. The proceeds of the sale shall be employed to pay my personal debts and the residue, after such debts shall have been paid, I give and bequeath to my housekeeper, Mary MacDonald, it she survives me. If not, I give & bequeath the said residue to my niece, Mary St. John.
  3. Whatever money I may die possessed of, and the dues and pew rents assessing to me at the time of my death from my parish I give & bequeath to my said niece, Mary St. John.
  4. I give and bequeath to my said executor, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Reardon all my wines & whiskey.

In witness hereof I now set my seal and hand this sixth day of September in the year of Grace one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, [1917.] Signature [signed] John J. St. John P.P. [L.S].

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
April 18/18
Kent J.
April 18/18
granted to
Rt. Rev.
F Reardon
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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 17, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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