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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Patrick Strapp Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 17-18 probate year 1866
Patrick Strapp deceased.
The last will and testament of Patrick Strapp of Harbor Main near Brigus Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter
1st I give and bequeath to my son John Strapp my Brigantine Ransom as she came from the Ice with all punts guns powder and every other material to the said Brigantine belonging or in any wise appertaining. Also the one half of my fishing room at Labrador with one half of the erections thereon and other articles thereunto belonging Also two houses at Harbor Grace and the one now in process of erection. Also whatever money may remain due to my estate after settling my account with Mr. Ridley this fall.
2nd To my son Thomas Strapp I give and bequeath the sum of fifteen hundred pounds. Also one half of my property that I own at Harbor Main with the house at Harbor Grace at the present time occupied by Mr. Thompson. - 3rd To my son Stephen Strapp I give and bequeath the sum of fifteen hundred pounds and the other half of my fishing room at Labrador with the other half of the erections thereon and other articles thereunto belonging Also the house at Harbor Grace at present occupied by Mr. Peter Malloney and the other half of my property at Harbor Main 4th To my son Patrick Strapp six hundred pounds with the house he at present occupies in Harbor Grace with all the furniture, the fishing room he occupies at Labrador with skiffs and all other materials to the said room belonging.
5th To my daughter Mrs. Deady I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds To her son James one hundred pounds, To her three daughters that is to say Honoria, Alice and Margrett fifty pounds each 6th To my daughter Mrs. Murphy I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds and the house that she at present lives in, To her daughter Ellen Murphy I give and bequeath the sum of fifty pounds.
7th The interest of money and rents of houses I give and bequeath to my wife Alice as long as she lives the legacies not to be paid during the lifetime of my wife the money being on interest 8th To the Revd Edward O'Keefe P.P. of Brigus I give and bequeath the sum of twenty five pounds to the Revd Patrick O'Donnel C.C. of Harbor Main ten pounds to the nuns of the Convent at Harbor Main ten pounds To the Chapel at Cats Cove ten pounds to be appropriated towards its erection I wish it to be fully understood by my executors that if I should deem it fit to pay off any of the above legacies before my death the legatees are to be allowed no further claim
9th It is my express will and desire that none of the landed property or houses I have mentioned in this my last will and testament are to be sold or made over to any person or persons but they are to pass from one generation to another the nearest heir always to become the owner of what I own in Harbor Grace and Harbor Main. And I hereby nominate and appoint Michael O'Mara Attorney at law my son John Strapp and Tobias Hackett of Brigus to be executors of this my last will and testament - Patrick Strapp (LS) Signed sealed published and declared as and for the last will & testament of the said Patrick Strapp In the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto set out hands as witnesses thereto the said having been first read over to the said testator in our presence before he signed it and appeared to be fully understood by him on this twenty third day of August A.D. 1864, William Smith Mills, John Hearn.
Codicil to the last will of P. Strapp Sr. Of Hr. Main. John Strapp is to have the store to be occupied by him at present Stephen Strapp is to have No. 3 house Mary Murphy is to have No. 5 house Thos. Strapp is to have No. 7 house Patrick Strapp is to have No. 9 house I bequeath the above houses at Harbor Grace to the above named parteys as my sons & daughter.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seal this second day of October A.D. 1865.
Patrick Strapp In present of us Thomas Strapp. The Rev. P. O'Donnell (present) at the time.
D. M. Browning
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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