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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Sullivan


Will of John Sullivan
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 431 & 432 probate year 1844

In re
     John Sullivan       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Sullivan of Random Head Harbour Fisherman being very sick and weak of body and of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, This is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate werewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form,
First I give and bequeathed to Elenor Sullivan my dearly beloved mother whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executrix of this my last will and testament one large Tan Pot, four barrels Bread, two barrels Flour, one firkin Butter, one Keg Coal Tar, two kegs powder, two bags shot two takle fauls, one roud grapnell Rines, and nails, one spade, one shovel, one bag feathers one table, one fishing room or plantation, formerly Dawleys, one Caplin seine Board Pitch Potatoes, the one half of three barrels Pork the one half of a quantity of Molasses
Also I give to my beloved wife Betsy Sullivan one and three quarters barrels Flour, one firkin butter, four barrels bread one bag shott, four pounds powder the one half of three barrels Pork the one half of a quantity of molasses
Also I give to my dearly beloved brother Thomas Sullivan one bed and bedding one Gun
Also I give to my dearly beloved brother Jeremiah Sullivan one guning Punt and sail
Also I give to my dearly beloved brother Florance Sullivan one potato garden in Little Harbor one Castnett Twelve shore lines,
Also I give to my dearly beloved brother James Sullivan two traps one hatchett,
also I give to my dearly beloved niece Mary Sullivan one Chest, and I do hereby utterly disalow revoke and disannul all and every other former testament wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament
In witness wereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four. John his x mark Sullivan (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Sullivan as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, James his x mark Abbott.     Thomas X Langer.     David Kelley.

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 (April 14, 2003)

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