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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Wade
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 320 & 321 probate year 1840
John Wade deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I John Wade of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland being infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make declare and publish this my last will and testament hereby utterly revoking and annulling all other will or wills by me before me made in manner and form following, to wit
First I bequeath my body to the ground hoping in confidence the promise of a glorious resurrection and my soul to the bosom of a merciful Redeemer in the hope of a blissful eternity
Item to my beloved brother Arthur Thomas & Edmond Wades children I bequeath the sum of twenty pounds of the currency of this country to each and every one of them two of them belonging to my brother Arthur two of them belonging to my brother Thomas and two of them belonging to my brother Edmond
Item to the Right Rev. Doctor Fleming the present Catholic Vicar Apostolic of Newfoundland or to whatever Bishop shall at the time of the distribution of my effects holding that distinguished office in the Island I bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds towards the erection of a new Cathedral in this Town.
Item To my executor I bequeath the sum of forty pounds to be by them immediately on my demise paid over for the benefit and support of the Presentation Convent of Saint John's
Item to the Friars of the Franciscan Convent of Carrick on Suir in the County of Waterford Ireland I bequeath the sum of ten pounds for Masses for the repose of the souls of my lamented father & mother brothers & sisters and also for the repose of my own soul
Item to the Rev. Edward Troy the Rev. Thomas Waldron the Rev. James Murphy I bequeath the sum of ten pounds to each and every one of them for Masses for my soul.
Item to the Rev. Father Walsh & the Rev. Father Forristal I bequeath the sum of five pounds to each of them for Masses for my soul.
Item, to my executors herein named I bequeath the sum of seven pounds for the purpose of procuring and erecting a headstone to my memory at the head of my grave.
Item, I bequeath the sum of thirty pounds for having a High Mass offered for the repose of my soul.
Item, to my washerwoman Mrs. Carroll I bequeath the sum of three pounds,
Item in order to defray the expenses of my burial I bequeath to my executors the sum of thirty pounds.
Item, I bequeath the sum of thirty pounds to the late Michael Kielley children John & Ellen Kielley.
Item I bequeath the share of Mary Kielley to her two children.
Item, I do hereby appoint the Rev. James Murphy, Thomas Flavin, Taylor, & Nicholas Cody, Cooper, of Saint John's to be my sole executors.
Item when the above mention sums are paid I bequeath the remainder of my goods & property to my nephew William Kielley wife & children.
Item, it is my will that all the sums before mentioned shall be payable in money of the currency of Newfoundland.
Item, it is my express will that in all matters of dispute that may arise upon the distribution of my property all litigation shall be avoided as calculated to engender bad feeling but that my said executors shall be the sole judges of the disposition of my property according to this my will as they are best acquainted with my wishes thereof subject however to the advice in all disputed matters of the Vicar Apostolic for the time being.
Item, all my clothes to the poor unless one jacket trousers waistcoat & a frock coat I bequeath to my nephew William Kielley.
Given under my hand and seal this first day of January in the year of our Redemption one thousand eight hundred and forty. John his x mark Wade (LS)
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of James Byrne. Thomas Parker.
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 18, 2003)
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