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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Bridget Walsh
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 479-480 probate
(The will index gives the probate year, for this will, as 1891, but it
is filed chronologically with wills from 1886)
Bridget Walsh deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Bridget
Walsh Widow of
the late James Walsh planter of River Head, Harbor Grace in
the Island of Newfoundland. I hereby bequeath to my sons Patrick
Richard Walsh a sum of money now deposited in the Savings
Bank St. John’s in my name first deposit
thereof was made Jany 3rd 1865 up to Dec. 1890 whole amtg to twenty
eight hundred and twenty six dollars and seventy three cents currency $2826.73/100-
No. of Book 135- 604. 1322. This amount to be equally
divided between them as follows together with the interest thereon to date-
To Patrick Fourteen hundred and thirteen dollars and thirty
seven cents $1413.37/100. To Richard Fourteen
hundred and thirteen dollars and thirty-six cents. To have
and to hold the said monies forever- together with their heirs executors administrators
There is also a sum of money deposited in the Savings Bank St. John’s
which is mine under the will of my late husband which sum is deposited in my
late husband’s name James Walsh. No. of Book 602-1320.
first deposit was made therein Jany first eighteen hundred and eighty three
to June 12th 1891. Net amt to date Four hundred
and sixty two dollars and ninety nine cents $462.99/100- with
interest in full. I hereby make the following bequests out
of the said money that is to say $462.99/100 I give and
bequeath to my daughter Bridget
Franey the sum of Forty dollars
$40.00/100 currency to have and to hold the same for ever. Also
I bequeath to His
Lordship Most Revd Ronald McDonald Bishop of Harbor
Grace the sum of twenty dollars currency towards the Cathedral of Harbor Grace
Rebuilding fund. Also to the Revd John Roe P.P.
of Northern Bay the sum of ten dollars for the purpose of saying Masses for
the repose of my soul. The balance of said monies
I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Walsh Three hundred
and ninety two dollars and ninety-nine cents $392.99/100. together with interest
until drawn. My daughter Margaret is to
pay all my funeral and other expenses out of her portion in above mentioned. And
I further bequeath to Margaret my daughter our feather bed
bolster pillows and bedding and all articles of furniture my said daughter
put in the house that was her own she can claim and take possession of All
other furniture goods and chattels is to remain in the house and to become
the property of my son
Thomas his heirs executors administrators or assigns forever- I
hereby appoint my daughter Bridget
Franey and Mr. Thomas Cody, Cooper, to
act as my executors to his my last will and testament. Bridget
her X mark Walsh (LS) Signed sealed
and delivered by the said testatrix Bridget Walsh as and for
her last will & testament
in the presence of us who at her request and in the presence of each other
have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto- Witnesses William
Glyndon, Thomas Cody, Harbor Grace, October 3rd 1891.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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