Transcribed by Judy Benson & Ivy Benoit. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors


Will of Matthew Ryan from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 466-467 probate year 1867.
Transcriber’s Note: This is the same will printed in volume 3 page 117, it was reprinted for unknown reasons in volume 4 and placed chronologically with wills from 1886.

In re
Matthew Ryan deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Matthew Ryan of Spaniards Bay Newfoundland Farmer being very sick and weak in health of body but of perfect mind and memory 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 commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executorix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.     And as touching such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:     I give and bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved wife whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executrix of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands messuages and tenements (together with all my household goods and moveable effects) by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed.     And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any wise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.     I publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.     Matthew     X     Ryan. Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Matthew Ryan as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, John Lynch, Matthew Frayne

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning

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