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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(A)
John Adams

 

Will of John Adams
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 443 & 444 probate year 1844

In re
      John Adams deceased.

In the name of God amen. I John Adams of the settlement commonly called Indian Burying Place near Cape John in the Northern District in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind memory & understanding and considering the uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament in the manner following,
First, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Emma Adams during the term of her natural life the dwelling house in which I now live together with all the household furniture thereunto belonging and all the right title and interest that I possess in the fishing room at present occupied by me and my son James Adams jointly and likewise all my craft and fishing utensils and it is my will that the aforesaid dwelling house together with all the household furniture thereunto belonging and all the right title and interest that I now possess in the fishing room aforesaid shall at the time of the death of my said wife become the property of my grandson Jonathan Adams to hold to him his heirs executors or administrators for ever. And further it is my will that at the time of the death of my said wife all the aforesaid draft and fishing utensils which shall at that time be remaining shall become the property of my son James Adams subject nevertheless should the aforesaid Jonathan Adams not surviving my aforesaid wife Emma Adams then at her death the aforesaid dwelling house with all the household furniture thereunto belonging together with all the said right title and interest that I now possess in the aforesaid fishing room shall become the sole property of my said son James Adams his heirs executors or administrators for ever.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my grandson George Adams the son of James Adams aforesaid one feather bed & bedding and also the watch I now wear about my person.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my aforenamed grandson Jonathan Adams the sum of fifty pounds sterling to be placed as soon as convenient after my death in the public funds of Great Britain which sum together with all the interest that shall accumulate upon it until he attains the age of twenty one years shall at that time be placed at his own disposal and not before.
Fourthly, whereas a certain amount of money to me belonging and out of which the aforenamed sum of fifty pounds is to be paid is now standing to my credit in the hands of Robert Slade, esquire, of Poole in the County of Dorset, Merchant, I give and bequeath the remaining portion of that sum together with whatever of her monies I at the time of my death may be possessed of or have lawful claim to to be equally divided amongst my children hereinafter to be named, that is to say, to my daughters Mary Prole, Susanna Thoms, Ruth Guy, Rebecca Langdon, Jane Studley, Ann White & to my son James Adams to be divided among them share and share alike to them their executors or administrators.
Lastly I give and bequeath to my son James Adams aforenamed whatever clothing I may be possessed of at the time of my death and I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son James Adams aforenamed of Indian Burying Place and my trusty friend James Rice of Twillingate aforesaid executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke and disannul all former wills by me at any time made 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 third day of October at Twillingate aforesaid in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight. John Adams. (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Adams as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, Joseph James Pearce.     Jno. Peyton.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar

 

 

Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation and also no paragraphs. The originals were kept by the executor.

We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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