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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Rachel Veitch from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 66 probate year 1851
Rachel Veitch deceased.
In the name of God, Amen. I Rachel Veitch of Holyrood in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following,
I give and bequeath unto my beloved son John the dwelling house land and waterside premises at present occupied by me and all the furniture and other personal property in the said dwelling house and premises except one feather bed and bedding which I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Rachel Curren and to my beloved daughter Ann Kennedy the black cow and I hereby direct that the furniture now in the said dwelling house shall always remain therein.
Also I give and bequeath to my beloved son John and to my beloved daughters Ann Kennedy, Catherine Hicks, Mary Woodford and Jane Barrett, after deducting the several bequests hereinafter mentioned and my funeral expenses, share and share alike, all the money that I may be possessed of at the time of death of me the said Rachel Veitch.
And further I give and bequeath to the Revd. Denis Mackin the sum of four pounds for Masses and to the Revd Edward O'Keefe the sum of seven pounds for his own use and benefit, five pounds for the celebration of a high Mass and office for the repose of my soul, three pounds towards Holyrood Chapel, and a sufficient sum to purchase Headstones for my grave and the grave of Rachel deceased.
I do hereby direct that the room hitherto occupied by the Priest shall always be appropriated for that purpose and that no articles of furniture or otherwise now in the said room shall be removed therefrom after my death but remain and be for the use of the priest.
And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Edward O'Keefe sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
In witness whereof I the said Rachel Veitch have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
Rachel her X mark Veitch (LS)
Signed sealed and declared being first read over and explained in our presence to the said Rachel Veitch in presence of us,
Henry Westerman, Denis O'Neill.
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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