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Will of Patrick Ward
In the name of the Lord Amen I Patrick Ward Catholic Priest of Tilton Harbour Newfoundland, now of sound mind and perfectly qualified to settle my temporal affairs do make this my last will and testament all or any others heretofore made to be null and of no value. I have on the day of this date in the Union Bank of Newfoundland the sum of £ 500 cur’y I have also in the Savings Bank Newfoundland the sum of £ 300 cur’y My will is the said above sums shall be appropriated in the following manner
I first set apart the sum of £ 120 for Masses for my soul £ 60 of which shall be for High Masses and £ 60 for low Masses.
2nd £ 60 for a monument to be placed or erected over my grave
3rd I bequeath £ 120 to my brother John Ward and if he should be dead the said sum of £ 120 to be divided share and share alike between his sons.
4th I bequeath to my brother Peter Ward the sum of £ 100,
5th I bequeath to Patrick McHale Ward the son of Peter £ 100.
6th I bequeath to Celia McTigue £ 60 which should be transmitted to the Parish Priest Islandeady Castlebar County Mayo.
7th I bequeath £ 100 to my faithful housekeeper Mary Colman
8th I bequeath the sum of £ 100 towards the erection of a Convent in Tilton Harbor or whatever way Dr. Dalton think well of laying it out
9th I bequeath the sum of £ 20 to the poor widows and orphans of Fogo District.
10th I bequeath the sum of £ 100 to Right Revd. Dr. Dalton to be expended by him for religious purposes as he may think proper.
11th I bequeath my gold watch to Patrick McHale Ward after his father’s death.
12th I leave my gardens and my household furniture which are my private property to whatever Priest succeeds me in this Parish by paying the sum of £ 40 to my executors and which sum shall be given for Masses for my soul.
13th the sum of seventy pounds which is on Messrs. Cox & Co. books at Fogo will defray my funeral expenses. My beds, bedcloths, clock, pictures, books, writing desks, and many other articles, indeed all, except tables and chairs I bequeath to Peter Ward. It is my particular desire that I would be buried in the Belvedere Cemetery, St. John’s. I request the Very Revd Bernard Duffy and Revd John Walsh do act as my executors. Signed and sealed this 21st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four. Patrick Ward (LS) I hereby certify that the said Patrick Ward P.P. has made an acknowledgment to me that this document is his last will and testament. James Brown, C.C. Tilton Harbour, June 20th 1865.
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.
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