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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Robert Brooks


Will of Robert Brooks
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 193 & 194 probate year 1847.
This is the probate year given in the will index, but it is unlikely to be correct

In re
     Robert Brooks       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Robert Brooks of Newmarket Terrace Hackney Road in the County of Middlesex Gentleman being of sound and disposing mind and of perfect memory and understanding do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following and desire that it may be received by all as such First of all I most humbly recommend by soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be decently and frugally interred the whole management of which I leave to the discretion of my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Brooks Secondly as to all my worldly effects and property of every description wheresoever and whatsoever I may be possessed of at the time of my decease after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid I will and bequeath in the following manner that is to say I wish my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Brooks to have the full enjoyment of everything during the time of her natural life, that is to say, the use of the Household furniture and Goods in my dwelling house the rent arising from my Freehold Estates at St. John's and Bay of Bulls Newfoundland and the dividends proceeding from any monies that I may have in the public funds and the lease of my present dwelling house at Newmarket Terrace Hackney Road but nothing is to be disposed of by her to the detriment of my children and at and after the decease of my said dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Brooks it is my particular wish that all the property of every description and nature whatsoever and wheresoever may be immediately sold converted into money and distributed equally share and share alike amongst my dear children that may be living at the time of the decease of Elizabeth Brooks my dearly beloved wife aforesaid And lastly I do hereby make ordain nominate constitute and appoint my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Brooks sole executrix of this my last will and testament and do also hereby revoke and make void all former and other wills and testaments at any time before made by me
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three. Robt Brooks (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. Sam Smith, 2 Brabant Court.    T.M. Galloway 3 Great George Street West.    John H. Barbe Camberwell.

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 (March 9, 2003)

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