Contributed by C. HAYNES
Transcribed by NORMA ELLIOTT  from microfilm reels at LDS Center
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors


The Estate of Patrick Murphy
Probate year 1828, from the LDS microfilm # 2056192

Supreme Court of Newfoundland

St John’s

to wit:

I do swear that I believe Patrick Murphy of Broad Cove on the Island of New Land Farmer

deceased, died without a Will; and that I will well and truly Administer all and every the Goods of the said deceased, and pay his Debts so far as his Goods will extend; and that I will exhibit a true, full and perfect Inventory of the said Goods of the deceased , and render a true account of my Administration into the Registry of the said Court, within Twelve months from the date hereof, or when I shall be thereunto lawfully required; and that the whole of the Goods, Rights, Chattels, Assets, Credits and Effects of the said deceased, which he died possessed of, within the jurisdiction of this Court, do not according to the best of my knowledge, judgment and belief, amount to the value of One Hundred Pounds Sterling.

James (X, his mark) Ryan

Sworn at Harbor Grace

the twenty eighth day of

October in the Year of

our Lord One Thousand

Eight Hundred and

Twenty eight

George Washington Busteed

C.C & R.


Account of Estate & Effects of

Patrick Murphy

James Ryan Administrator

Be it remembered that on this Twenty ninth day of October in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight personally appeared James Ryan of Renews Fisherman, Richard Langley Merchant and Laurence Fowler Fisherman both of Saint Johns on the Island of New Land and did acknowledge themselves to be held and firmly bound to our Sovereign Lord the King his Heirs and Successors in the penal Sum of Two Hundred Pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be had, made and levied on their Goods, Chattels and Effects jointly and severally if Default is made in any of the Conditions following:

Now the Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounden James Ryan as Administrator to the Estate and Effects of Patrick Murphy late of Broad Cove Farmer deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a just, true and perfect Inventory of all and singular, the Goods, Credits, and Effects of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of him the said James Ryan or to the hands or possession of any other person or persons, for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, at or before the First day of October next ensuing the date hereof; and the said Goods, Chattels, Credits, and Effects, and all the other Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects of the said deceased, at the time of his death, or which at any time afterwards shall come to the hands or possession of him the said James Ryan or to the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him shall well and truly administer according to Law, and further shall make, or cause to be made, a just and true Account of his said Administration, on or before the First day of October which will be in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Nine and afterwards from time to time as he shall be lawfully required. And all the rest, residue and remainder of the said Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administration Account, the same being first examined and allowed by the said Supreme Court of Newfoundland, shall and do pay and dispose of in a due course of Administration, or in such a manner as the said Court shall direct; -- then this Obligation to be void and of no effect, or else to be and remain in full force and virtue.

James (X, his mark) Ryan

Rich’d Langley

Laurence (X, his mark) Fowler

Signed and Sealed in the presence of

George Washington Busteed

C.C. & R.

Renews 23 Oct 1828

Dear Sir,

This will be handed you by James Ryan ? old ? honest inhabitant of this place who goes to administer to the Estate of his late Uncle. As he is quite a stranger to all forms of office he has requested me to write a line to you in the ? to request you will do the needful for him. I shall feel obliged by an early attention to his heirship as your other ?eations will allow.

I am dear Sir

Yours very respectfully,

M. Preston

Busteed Esqu

Patrick Murphy of Broad Cove Southern District Farmer died intestate 27th July 1828 was never married.

Nearest James Ryan, his nephew, and nearest ? ? prays administration


? Richard Langley of Saint Johns Merchant

Laurence Fowler of same Fisherman

Value of Under £100


Saint Johns James Ryan of Renews maketh oath and saith that to the best of his knowledge & belief

to wit this deponent and his two sisters are the nearest relatives of Patrick Murphy dec’d. Sworn

before me 28 (?)th October 1828.

James (X, his mark) Ryan