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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Boyd


Will of John Boyd
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 38 & 39 probate year 1851

In the Estate of
     John Boyd       deceased.

I, John Boyd of St. John's Newfoundland, Gentleman, being of sound mind and remembering the frailty and uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament revoking all and every other which at any time heretofore I may have made. That is to say, I give and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named, and their heirs, all my estate, real and personal of whatever nature or kind soever, in trust after payment of my debts and any specific legacies to pay to my wife Mary Boyd during her widowhood and her attachment to the Protestant faith a yearly annuity of fifty pounds currency payable half yearly out of the rents and profits of my said estate, or if necessary out of the principal thereof, and from and after her decease in trust to pay and assign my said estate to and between my daughters Ann Pearson and Margaret Baird and their heirs equally for such purposes as they may by writing or by will direct, it being my intention that the property herein devised to my said daughters shall not be in any way liable for the debts or engagements of their present or any future husbands, or in any way subject to their control. And I further direct that during the life of my said wife the surplus of the rents and profits of my said estate, if any, shall be paid (as hereinbefore directed with respect to the principal thereof) to my said daughters and their heirs equally. And I hereby nominate and appoint Mr. Henry Winton of St. John's Newfoundland, Publisher, and Mr. William Warren, Jr. of the same place, Merchant, to be my executors for the just and faithful performance of the trust herein reposed in them. John Boyd.
Signed and published by the said testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence have hereunto signed our names as witnesses, this 30th day of June in the year of our Lord 1851. James Baird,   D. J. Henderson.    Thomas McConnan.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 21, 2002)

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