Transcribed by Judy Benson. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be
some typographical errors
Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 285 & 286 probate year 1884.
Will of Michael Collins|
In re MICHAEL COLLINS. DECEASED.
The last will and testament of Michael Collins of St. John's in the Island of
Newfoundland made on the twenty second day of December Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and
eighty-three. In the name of God. Amen. By this my last will and testament, whereby
all former wills and testament made by me are revoked and annulled, I Michael Collins
aforesaid, do hereby will devise and bequeath my household and other property as follows, that
is to say:
To my beloved wife Ellen Collins I will devise and bequeath all my right title and
interest in and unto all my houses and land and situated in Brien Stand Convent Square
adjoining St. Patrick's Church in said City of St. John's, also my two tenements and land
attached thereto situated at River Head bounded on the East by Reddick's property and on the
west by Shortall's property also two tenements on leasehold property situated on Gower
street near the western Fire Station
I also will devise and bequeath to my said beloved wife Ellen Collins, the mortgage held
by me on the property and land of John and Thomas Bowe situate near the Goulds in the
district of St. John's aforesaid, also the sum of two hundred pounds currency at present on
the hands of Messrs. Little and Kent, barristers of this city.
To my beloved daughter Hannah Collins in Religion, Sister Mary Christina I bequeath will
and devise twelve shares in the Savings Bank of this colony to have and enjoy the use of
the same so long as she shall remain in St. Patrick's Convent River Head, but if removed
to an outport Convent to have and enjoy the use of half the above amount, the interest
thereon to be regularly drawn by the executors and placed to the credit of said Sister Mary
Christina in said Savings Bank for her especial use and benefit as she may wish and
To the Presentation Convent of St. Patrick's River Head I will, bequeath and devise the
mortgage on Cooke's property, at present held by Messrs. Little and Kent aforesaid as
agents for the same.
Of the interest accruing yearly from the two debentures in the Colonial Treasury of this
Island amounting to the sum of two hundred pounds sterling I will, bequeath and devise as
follows, the interest amounting at five percent to ten pounds annually the sum of five
pounds to be applied by my executors annually in charity for the repose of my soul, the
remaining amount of five pounds, both in sterling, to be disposed of my my executors as
the first yearly sum of five pounds sterling to be given to the Revd. John Ryan of St.
Patrick's River Head, and after that date all amounts so accruing to the Lord Bishop of St.
John's for the time being and his successors, to be applied to the celebration of Masses
for the repose of my soul in such manner as they may deem fit.
As executors to this my last will and testament I appoint my beloved wife Ellen Collins
aforesaid and James McLoughlin Esq.
Signed and executed in presence of the undersigned who hereunto have attached their names
and seals the day and year above written.
John A. Rochfort, Notary Public [LS] John Crane [LS]
D. M. Browning
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