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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(B)
John Bragg

 

Will of John Bragg
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 412 probate year 1886

In re
      John Bragg deceased.

The last will and testament of John Bragg fisherman at present residing in Channel in the Island of Newfoundland.    Know all men by these presents that I John Bragg fisherman of Channel in the Island of Newfoundland do this fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty five make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following In the first place I will and bequeath to my godson William son of Emmanuel and Catherine Bragg the sum of twenty pounds cy also to my godson Samson son of Austin and Rosannah Martin the like sum of twenty pounds cy also to my three children William Bragg, Emmanuel Bragg and Rosannah Martin I will and bequeath in equal shares the remainder of all sums sums of monies as I shall die possessed of after having deducted therefrom all necessary funeral expenses Also to my daughter Rosannah Martin I will and bequeath that house situate in Channel and at present occupied by her together with the garden attached
Also to my son Emmanuel Bragg I will and bequeath that house situate and lying in Channel and in which I at present live together with all the residue of my estate all lands tenements and properties whereof I shall die possessed Also to my son Emmanuel Bragg I will and bequeath all my goods chattels and personal estate not herein mentioned or otherwise disposed of Provided allways in all the aforesaid bequests in case of the death during my lifetime of either or any of these my aforenamed children without issue that the money lands property or portion of estate to such hereby willed and bequeathed shall be equally and fairly divided between my surviving children or their issue the said issue to receive only their deceased parent’s share of said property.     I also hereby make and appoint my son Emmanuel Bragg sole executor of this my last will and testament.    In witness whereof I the said John Bragg have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty five.     John his X mark Bragg (LS)    Signed sealed and delivered by the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof on the fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. Thomas F. Quintin, John Lemoine.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar

 

 

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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