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Wednesday's Will : James Donnelly

I am so happy that FindMyPast have the NSW Wills Books 1800-1952 as a part of their searchable records now!  The wills give me new insight into deceased members of my family and their personal circumstances and relationships.  Reading through the will of James Donnelly (my great great grandfather) was very interesting.  He appointed his wife and daughter as his executors rather than his three living sons and in the event of his wife Mary's death her portion of his Estate was to go to their only surviving daughter Mary.  His sons Edward, James and John (or their heirs) were only to get £30 each and this was only if or when Mary and/or her daughter Mary chose to sell the Estate property and only 'if any after the proceeds of the sale'.  James who was a Farmer died at Cooyal on the 27th August 1900 leaving an Estate valued at £530 net.  James was buried at Mudgee General Cemetery (see here) and Probate was granted to his Executrices, Mary Donnelly (widow) and Mary Donnelly (daughter).

New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952 Transcription

First name(s) James
Last name Donnelly
Death year 1900
Death date 27 Aug 1900
Occupation Farmer
Residence Cooyal NSW
Instrument Will
Will number 21282
Record set New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952
Category Life Events (BDMs)
Record collection Wills & probate
Collections from Australia & New Zealand

Source: FindMyPast.  New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952. Retrieved from

Source: Advertising. (1900, September 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.- Probate Jurisdiction.- In the Will of JAMES DONNELLY, late of Cooyal, in the colony of New South Wales, Farmer, deceased.- Application will be made after fourteen days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will of the abovenamed deceased may be granted to MARY DONNELLY, of Cooyal, the widow of the deceased, and MARY DONNELLY, the younger, of Cooyal, a daughter of the deceased, the Executrices named in the said Will ; and all notices may be served at the office of the undersigned. CHARLES D. MEARES, Proctor for the Executrices, Mudgee.

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