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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills (B)
Thomas Baker


(Will of Thomas Baker from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 46-47 probate year 1851)

In re
     Thomas Baker      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Baker of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say, I give and bequeath unto the legitimate male children (in equal shares as tenants in common) of my good friend and near relative Thomas Baker Wells now residing with me All the farm, dwelling house and appurtenances in my present occupancy with the outhouses and all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging and I further give unto them the said male children (lawfully begotten) of my said relative Thomas Baker Wells in manner aforesaid, all the rest and residue of my landed property situate in the town of Harbour Grace aforesaid, whether the said property be in my own immediate possession or under lease to other individuals To have and to hold all and singular the said bequeathed premises unto the said children of my said friend and relative and to their heirs for the sole use and behoof of them the said children and their heirs for ever. And I further give unto the said male children of my said friend Thomas Baker Wells, in equal shares according to the value thereof, all my farming utensils and household furniture as well as all the rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal And I hereby appoint my trusty and beloved friend the said Thomas Baker Wells as Guardian of the said children and sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other and former wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty three. Thomas mark of X Baker (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Thomas Baker as and for his last will and testament in presence of Wm. Chas. St. John. Thomas Kitchen.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 28, 2004)

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