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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Andrews
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 486 & 487 probate year 1905
In re the Estate of John Andrews deceased
This is the last will and testament of me John Andrews of Saint John's, Laborer.
- I direct that all my just debts (if any) be paid out of my estate the beneficiaries hereinafter mentioned contributing proportionately thereto.
- I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Chaplin wife of John Chaplin of St. John's Clerk forever that piece or parcel of land or building lot situate on Quidi Vidi Road commencing at a point on said road 25 feet in a north or north-easterly direction from the lane which forms the southern boundary of my land on Quidi Vidi road and measuring both in front and rear 25 feet in width and extending toward the north or north east.
- I give devise and bequeath to my daughters Phoebe Jane and Delphine Louise forever share and share alike all my land to the southward or south-west of the land hereinbefore firstly described also all my lands together with the dwelling house thereon to the northern or north east of that hereinbefore firstly described also all other my lands goods property estate and effects of every description. I appoint the Reverend Henry Dunfield of Saint John's executor of this my will
Witness my hand at St. John's aforesaid this 17th day of October Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and one.
John his X mark Andrews. Signed by making his mark.
Published and declare by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other (all present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (having been first read over and explained to and approved of by him)
W.E. Wood Solicitor St. John's H. Fischer Clerk St. John's
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of John Andrews.
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
on the 29th day
of May A.D. 1905
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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