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Newfoundland's Grand Banks


Will of Matthew Morry
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 462-463 probate year 1862


In re
Matthew Morry deceased.


In the name of God Amen, I Matthew Morry of Caplin Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being 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 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 And as touching such worldly 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-    First I give and bequeath to Ann my beloved wife all my worldly goods consisting of the dwelling house I at present occupy all my household furniture cattle debts fishing rooms with all the appurtenances western boat and Coasting schooner and all and singular my lands plantations and tenements to be by her freely possessed and enjoyed for and during the period of her natural life. And it is my desire that at the demise of my dear wife the dwelling house before described household furniture garden in front of the dwelling house and cattle shall be and become the sole property of my daughter Priscilla Ann Morry for and during the term of her natural life and to descend to her children lawfully begotten in rateable proportions-       And I also constitute and appoint Thomas G. Morry and Peter Paint LeMessurier joint executors to this my last will and testament.    And I hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testimony will or legacy ratifying and confirming this and no other as my last will and testament.    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.    Matthew Morry (LS)     Signed sealed published and declared by the said Matthew Morry as his last will and testament and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, Jno. Stephenson, Robert Morry.


Certified correct,
D. M. Browning

In addition to the above Will itself, a certified copy of which is found in the Morry Papers at the Rooms (MG237, Box 1, File 3), the Morry Papers also provide Probate related documents:


MG237, Box 1, File 1 Ė Receipt of Probate Papers in the Estate of Matthew Morry 31 May 1862:


Registrarís Office

Supreme Court, St. Johnís


The Estate of the Late

Matthew Morry Esquire deceased {


To the Chief Clerk and Registrar Do



Probate Papers in the

above Estate    }  £1.19.2 Stg.

                        = £2.5.2 Cy.



                        June 12th 1862

May 31st {       by Thos. Wood

1862       {       Pro C. C. & Reg.

MG237, Box 1, File 2 Ė Grant of Probate in the Estate of Matthew Morry 31 May 1862:


On Cover:                              Will of Mw Morry

Caplin Bay


Completed Probate Form:

In The Probate Office of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

By the Honourable Sir Francis Brady, Knight------------------Chief Justice

the Honourable Phillip F. Little

and the Honourable Bryan Robinson

Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland


We do by these Presents make known to all men, that on the Twelfth day of July A.D.

One  Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty and in the Twenty Fourth Year in the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria,

before Luke Browne, a Commissioner ≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠-----------------------------------------------------------of the Supreme Court of

Newfoundland, the Last Will and Testament of Matthew Morry, Caplin Bay in the Southern District of this

Island, Stipendiary Magistrate --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

deceased, hereunto annexed, was approved, and ordered to be registered: and said deceased having, whilst living, and at the time of his death, divers Goods, Chattels, Credits and   

Effects, in the said Island, and within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland:-- By reason whereof the proving and registering the said Will, and granting Letters of Adminis-

tration of all and singular the Rights, Goods, Chattels, credits and Effects of the said deceased, and also auditing, allowing and final discharging the accounts thereof, are well known to apper-

tain only and wholly to the said Supreme Court:  And that Administration of all and singular the Rights, Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects of the said deceased, and any way

concerning his said Last Will and Testament, was granted to --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thomas G. Morry, Merchant, and Peter Paint LeMessurier, Accountant,-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------the Executors

named in the said Will:  they having sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Rights, Goods, Chattels, Credits and

Effects of the said deceased; and to exhibit the same into the Registry of the said Supreme Court of Newfoundland, at St. Johnís, in the Island aforesaid within twelve

months from the date hereof and also to render a just and true account thereof, when thereto lawfully required.

                                                                                                                In Testimony Whereof, we have caused the Seal of the said Supreme Court to be hereunto affixed, at St. Johnís aforesaid, the

                                                                                                                                Thirty First day of May  A.D. One

                                                                                                                                Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Two

                                                                                                                                                                BY ORDER, of the Court



                SEAL                                                                                                                                     Chas. Simms

                                                                                                                                                                C. C. and Registrar

                                                                                                                                                                Supreme Court