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Will of The Very Reverend Kyran Walsh
In the name of God Amen. I the very Reverend Kyran Walsh Parish Priest of Harbor Main and Vicar General of the Diocese of Saint John’s do hereby make ordain and appoint the following as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking cancelling and annulling all other and former wills made by me. After the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I will devise and bequeath my monies, Bank and Water Stock, goods, chattels and effects in manner following that is to say, First I give and bequeath unto the Right Reverend John Thomas Mullock Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and to his successors in the said Diocese of Saint John’s, duly appointed by the see of Rome all the land that I have acquired since I have been in Harbor Main and all erections and improvements thereto appertaining to be held by the said Right Reverend Doctor Mullock and his successors as aforesaid in trust for the use and benefit of the Parish Priest of Harbor Main for the time being.
Second, I give and bequeath to the Presentation Convent Harbor Main a local Government Debenture amounting to two hundred pounds currency.
Third, I give and bequeath to St. Michael’s Orphanage St. John’s Debenture No. 47 amounting to the sum of two hundred pounds.
Fourth, I will and desire that my executors hereinafter named shall invest in good government or other securities the sum of two hundred pounds currency the interest arising annually therefrom and thereout to be paid and given for the celebration of an anniversary Mass for the good of my soul.
Fifth, I will and desire that all my household furniture and books shall remain in my house at Harbor Main aforesaid for the use of the Parish Priest for the time being in said Parish.
Sixth. I will and desire that all my farm stock, cattle, horse and carriage be sold and the proceeds of such sale given and distributed among such of the poor of said Parish as my executors may consider most deserving of the same.
Seventh. I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds currency to be equally distributed amongst the Roman Catholic Clergy of this Island for the celebration of Masses for the repose of my soul.
Eighth. I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds currency to each Convent in this Island.
Ninth, I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency to my brother Richard Walsh now at Boston in the United States of America.
Tenth, To my brother William Walsh of Mount Coin County Kilkenny, I will and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds currency.
Lastly, All the rest residue and remainder of my monies, goods, chattels and effects I will and bequeath to the said Right Reverend John Thomas Mullock and to his successors in the said Diocese to hold the same in trust for the use and benefit of the Roman Catholic Church therein. I hereby nominate and appoint the Right Reverend Dr. Mullock, the Reverend Jeremiah O’Donnell of Saint John’s and Joseph I. Little of the same place Barrister at law, executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace this 31st day of August A.D. 1868.
Kyran Walsh (LS) Signed sealed and executed by the said Very Reverend Kyran Walsh on the day and year aforesaid in our presence and who have affixed our signatures in his presence and in the presence of each other. William Anderson, Jos. I. Little.
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. 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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