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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Ashford


Will of William Ashford
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 153 & 154 probate year 1913

In re William Ashford      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me William Ashford of Catalina in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland

  • First I give devise and bequeath unto my son James all my land and water side premises with Dwelling House and all other erections thereon.
  • Second I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Martha and Susanna the sum of one thousand Dollars each.
  • Third after paying all my lawful and just debts funeral expenses and erecting a Tomb-stone to my memory, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Emma the residue of my money together with all my Household furniture Beds & Bedding and cooking utensils
  • Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint Peter Coleridge and Fred Somerton both of Catalina to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In witness whereof I the said William Ashford have hereto subscribed my name the thirteenth day of September in the year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and thirteen - William Ashford -
Signed Published and Declared 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 have subscribed our names as witnesses. Peter Coleridge.    Fred Somerton.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Dec 12/13
Fred Somerton &
Peter Coleridge
sworn at



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. 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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 11, 2002

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