Will of William Coughlan from Newfoundland will books
vol 1 pages 26 & 27 probate year 1826-1830
This will was read, recorded and transcribed by JUDY BENSON
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible,
there could be some typographical errors
Will of William Coughlan of St. John's
William Coughlan deceased
In the Name of God Amen I William Coughlan of the Town of St.
John's in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being very sick and weak in
body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling
unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for
all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
that is to say principally and first of all. I give and recommend
my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend
to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion
of my executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive
the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such wordly
state wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise
and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Catherine Coughlan alias Brazil my dearly
beloved wife the one third of all my property goods chattels and effects
the remaining two thirds I bequeath to be equally divided between my son
Patrick Coughlan my daughters Mary Coughlan and Elizabeth Coughlan share
and share alike I bequeath to my daughter Catherine Burk alias Coughlan
the sum of Five pounds sterling and to my daughter Alice Murphy alias Coughlan
the like sum of Five pounds sterling
I likewise constitute make and ordain my said wife Catherine Coughlan
the sole executrix of this my last will and testament and in case any of
my said three children Patk Coughlan Mary Coughlan and Elizabeth Coughlan
should act unrully unditifully or uncorigibly to my said wife I do herewith
empower my said wife to deprive at will him her or them at discretion and
give it to the well deserving or most dutifull of the said three children
Patrick Mary & Elizabeth Coughlan and also my said children are to
be under the management and entire controul and direction of my said wife
during her widowhood only and in case any of my said three children should
mary contrary to the will of my said wife in such a case I empower my said
wife to deprive him or her of their proportion of this bequest and to give
it to the others,
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my Hand this eighteenth day
of February in the year of our Lord 1812.
William his X mark Coughlan.
Witness John Power. John Burke. Jas.
Certified correct D.M. Browning
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