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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William J. Avery


Will of William J. Avery
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 244 probate year 1883

In re
      William J. Avery deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me William J. Avery of St. John’s Manufacturer of Boots and Shoes.     I give devise and bequeath to my mother Matilda Avery all my right share and interest in the business of manufacturing boots and shoes carried on by me at No. 312 Water Street in partnership with David Smallwood and in and to the goods debts assets and effects thereof also the amount to become due under a Policy of Insurance upon my life in the Sun Mutual Insurance Company also all my other estate both real and personal of whatsoever kind or description of which I shall die possessed To hold the same to my said mother for her sole and absolute use and benefit.   In the event if my said mother predeceasing me I give devise and bequeath all my estate and property of whatsoever description to my brother John for his sole use and benefit.     I appoint my said mother executrix of this my last will and testament.    Witness my hand at Saint John’s this eighth day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.    W.J. Avery.     Signed published and declared by the said William J. Avery as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, F.W. Bowden, W.H. Horwood.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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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