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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Jonathan Boutcher


Will of Jonathan Boutcher
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 29 & 30 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Jonathan Boutcher       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me, Jonathan Boutcher, of Arnold's Cove. I give and bequeath my whole Premises Houses and Land to my son Walter Boutcher during his lifetime, said Premises, Houses and land to be equally divided upon the decease of the said Walter Boutcher between his sons Aubrey and Jonathan Boutcher. The property aforesaid is never to be sold. All the moveable property contained in my house in three equal shares to my children Emily Walter & Louisa respectively. Provided that all the stoves in the house and the table in the Front Room or Parlour are to be considered as fixtures and none of them to be removed I give and bequeath one cow to my grandson Jonathan Haines that namely known as "May" and one cow to my grandson Jonathan Boutcher that one namely known as "Rose". My cabbage garden, with all on or appertaining to it I give to my daughter Louisa Haines Six (6) Sheep to be divided equally between my three children Emily Louisa and Walter. My Life Insurance to the value of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) is after my decease to be drawn out of the Insurance office of the Mutual Life Insurance Co of New York and to be divided equally between my three children Emily Louisa and Walter. Whatever sum of money is or shall be standing to my credit on the Books of the Bank of Montreal is to be withdrawn and divided equally between my three children Emily Louisa and Walter. And I appoint as executors of this my will Benjamin Brinston and William Guy both of Arnolds Cove and I commend all who are bound to me by ties of blood and kindred to the love of God.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one Thousand nine Hundred and Five Jonathan Boutcher
Signed by the above Jonathan Boutcher in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other here subscribe our names as witnesses on the day and year before mentioned Arthur Shorter   Alice Bennett.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Jonathan Boutcher.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will)
May 1/06
Johnson J.
granted to
Brinston &
William Guy
June 6th 1906
Estate sworn
at $1870.00



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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 4, 2002)

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