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Will of Daniel Whelan
In the name of God Amen I Daniel Whelan of Harbor Grace fisherman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say- First I give and bequeath to my nephew Thomas Whelan the sum of eighty pounds also I give and bequeath to Moses Beehan and Joanna his wife in trust for the use and benefit of my godson Thomas Beehan the sum of seventy pounds also I give and bequeath to Mary Hennesy wife of Maurice Hennesy of London Road Carbonear my second cousin the sum of twenty pounds also I give and bequeath to the Right Rev. Dr. John Dalton Bishop of Harbor Grace the sum of fifty pounds also I give and bequeath to the Rev. John Walsh C.C. of Harbor Grace the sum of twenty pounds also I give and bequeath to the Rev. John O’Connor C.C. of Carbonear the sum of twenty pounds also I give and bequeath to the Right Rev. Dr. John Dalton Bishop of Harbor Grace the sum of twenty pounds towards the building a Catholic Church and Convent School at the River Head of Harbor Grace. I also give and bequeath the sum of five pounds to the Benevolent Irish Society of Conception Bay for the poor I also give and bequeath to the Right Rev. Dr. John Dalton Bishop of Harbor Grace in trust for the use and benefit of the Nuns of the Presentation Convent Harbor Grace the sum of ten pounds I also give and bequeath to the Right Rev. Dr. John Dalton Bishop of Harbor Grace the sum of forty pounds for the celebration of High Masses I also give and bequeath the sum of thirty pounds to defray the charges for a head or Tomb stone and for the expenses of my funeral. I also give and bequeath to the Right Revd Dr. John Dalton Bishop of Harbor Grace the sum of twenty pounds towards the enlargement of the Catholic Cathedral of Harbor Grace As to the rest residue and remainder of my estate whatsoever or wheresoever and of what nature kind and quality soever the same may be and not hereinbefore given and disposed of after the payment of my debts legacies funeral expenses and the expense of proving this my will I do hereby give and bequeath to the Rev. John Walsh C.C. of Harbor Grace for the celebration of Masses for the repose of the souls of Thomas and Mary Whelan my parents and for the repose of the souls of Michael, Edward, Denis and Catherine Whelan my brothers and sister And I do hereby make ordain and constitute and appoint Martin Kelley and John Cody of Harbor Grace executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time hereinbefore made In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Daniel Whelan (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Daniel Whelan as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. James L. Prendergast, John Stapleton.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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