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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Brewer
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 92 to 94 probate year 1913
In re John Brewer deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me John Brewer of Cooks Harbor in the District of St. Barbe's Cape Norman Newfoundland I hereby revoke all wills and testamentary instruments heretofore by me made. I appoint Joseph Moore of St. Anthony St. Barbe's Newfoundland and Henry Locke of St. John's 177 Pleasant St. Nfld. to be my Executors. I direct my Executors to pay my just debts and Funeral and Testamentary Expenses as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my wife Susannah all my possessions viz: In Cook's Cove or Harbor House and all contained therein, store, stage and land Pistolet Bay- Land, house and stable. Should there by any live-stock this also to be my wife's. In case my wife, Susannah marries again the above must be divided into three equal parts, my wife to have one part, William Scland(?) Junior the second part and Susan Jane Brewer Scland to have the third part. At the death of my wife Susannah, that all the above possessions be equally divided between William Scland Jr. and Susan Jane Brewer Scland. That is with the understanding that their father William Brewer Scland does not withdraw them and should William Brewer Scland take away his children at any time then the above concerning Susan Jane Brewer Scland and William Scland Jr. becomes null If William Scland Jr. Dies, then I desire that his share be valued and sold and that the money be sent to my two nieces Bessie and Emily Brewer, Chards Somersetshire England; and should Susan Jane Brewer Scland die that her part be valued and sold and the money sent to my nieces Bessie & Emily Brewer In case that both William Scland Jr. & Susan Jane Brewer Scland die, I desire that whole the above mentioned be valued and sold and the money be sent to my two nieces Bessie & Emily Brewer Chard's Somersetshire, England. I desire that should my wife, Susannah die before William Scland Jr. & Susan Jane Brewer Scland reaches the age of 21 years that my executors hand over the above as soon as they reach the age of 21 years but not before. I hereby certify that I sold to J. F. Moore a piece of my land on Oct 28th 1910. The piece of land is in straight line running in northly direction to the north & west end of my store and in straight line east to Cove or land wash should there be any ready money left after my executors pay my funeral expenses and debts I desire that it be forwarded to Bessie & Emily Brewer Chard Somersetshire England The above are my nieces the daughters of Peter Hayball & Jane Brewer Chard Somersetshire England.
Witness my hand this sixteenth day of August 1911. - John Brewer -
Signed by the above-named Testator as his last will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
George Bertram Pickering Meth. Minister
Joseph Moore 97 Fresh water Road St. John's
Henry Locke 177 Pleasant Street St. John's Nfld.
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
|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. |
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