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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Matthew Toole
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 197 to 199 probate year 1835
Matthew Toole deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I Matthew Toole of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland and a Native of the Parish of Tenteran in the County of Wexford Ireland, being in sound sense good memory and perfect understanding but infirm in health, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say, First I commend my soul to Almighty God hoping and during my trusting in his mercy, through the Death and Passion of my Redeemer to obtain a remission of my sins, my body I bequeath to the earth as God will appointeth. Secondly I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Toole all the houses situate lying and being at the south side of Gower Street opposite my own dwelling house together with garden in the rear of the said houses together with all the profit arising therefrom while she remains a widow but if the said Margaret gets married the said houses and garden is to become the property of my children by the said Margaret Toole without any hindrance or denial of their mother
I also give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret Toole the house we now live in with all the furniture and material thereunto belonging together with a garden situated in the rear thereof to have and to hold during her widowhood but in case of her marrying again the said dwelling house and furniture together with the garden aforesaid is to become the property of my children by the said Margaret Toole as aforesaid
I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Margaret Toole the house at present occupied by John Brine situated on the north side of Gower Street she paying three pounds currency p. annum ground rent
I give and bequeath to my daughter Bridget Neary wife of Patrick Neary four houses situated at the rear of my dwelling house back of Gower Street by her paying the ground rent of eight pounds currency per annum
I give and bequeath to my son Matthew Toole the house he at present lives in adjoining my dwelling house he paying one pound currency as ground rent for the same
I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Joanna Toole the house at present occupied by Thomas Hogan situated on the north side of Gower Street aforesaid she paying three pounds currency p. annum ground rent
I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Toole the house at present occupied by James Treeher she paying ten pounds currency p. annum ground rent also I bequeath to my wife Margaret Toole the house at present occupied by Thomas Byrne both houses situated on the north side of Gower Street To have and to hold during her widowhood and in case of her marrying again to become the property of my children by the said Margaret Toole
I give and bequeath to my sons Michael Toole and Thomas Toole by my present wife Margaret Toole all my right title and interest a spot of ground fenced in and cultivated situated over the Barrens and known by the name of "Merry Meeting" together with all the stock and property on the said Farm also a field adjoining the same which they are not to sell or let out of the family
I also give and bequeath to the Revd Doctor Fleming the sum of Ten pounds in cash to be paid by my executors after my decease and I do hereby appoint and confirm Mr. Henry Phillips Thomas and Mr. Peter LeMessurier as my true and lawful executors to this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills and testaments made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelfth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty.
Matthew his x mark Toole (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us Wm. B. Dryer. Wm. Burshell.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 9, 2003)
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