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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Hannah Brown



Will of Hannah Brown
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 186 probate year 1922


This is the last Will and Testament of Hannah Brown, Widow, of Bonavista being of sound mind and clear understanding.

  • 1st.    I bequeath to William James Brown, at present residing in U.S. America, my Dwelling House, my Stable, my Cellar and my Meadow adjoining the Dwelling House.
  • 2st.   I bequeath to Jane Porter every thing as at present in the parlour also the Flake and Land on which the Flake is built. I also give to Mrs. Porter my Fur Coat together with all my clothes excepting my Dress.
  • 3rd.    I give and bequeath to my sister Jane Porter One Hundred Dollars.
  • 4th.    I give and bequeath to my sister in Law Jemima Abbott Fifty Dols (50.00)
  • 5th.    I give to the Church of England the sum of 100.00 One Hundred Dollars.
  • 6th.    I give and bequeath to sisters Mrs. Lewis at Lower Island Cove and Mrs. Mosher Nova Scotia the sum of Fifty Dols 50.00 each. I also give to my sister Bertha Noble of King's Cove the sum of 50.00 Fifty Dols.
  • 7th.    I give and bequeath to Thomas Paul my little garden near Thomas Paul's Dwelling.
  • 8th.    I give and bequeath to my sister in Law Jemima Abbott my Dress.
  • 9th.    I do appoint my sister Jane Porter and John S. Rowsell to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

Bonavista Feby 25th 1922.
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of A.E. Gardener     John S. Rowsell.

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 11/22
Horwood C.J.
Probate granted
to Jane Porter
& John A. Rowsell
April 27/22
Estate sworn
at $1980.00



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 24, 2002

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