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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(B)
Peter Brown

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Peter Brown
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 492 probate year 1846

In re Peter Brown      deceased.

St. John's Newfoundland, 27th December 1845. This is the last will and testament of me Peter Brown of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant, After my funeral expenses and just debts are paid (first amongst the latter are three hundred pounds cy to the Revd. Charles Dalton) I give and bequeath the remainder of my real and personal estate as follows, viz. In equal shares between Reverend Charles Dalton towards building Roman Catholic Chapel at Harbor Grace, and for the poor of the same place, to the Right Reverend Doctr Fleming towards the completion of the Cathedral, St. John's, in the said Island, to my dear brother James residing in Bonavista Bay and Nicholas residing in the county of Waterford, to my dear cozen Thomas Roach of Wexford (Ireland) Stationer and to my oldest friend Robert R Wakeham, but reserving therefrom as follows, ten pounds cy each to the Reverend John Forristall and John Cummins for Masses to be paid to them by my executors hereinafter named, and ten pounds cy to Martha White for her kind attentions during my illness, and also my gold watch and chain to the Reverend Father Dalton, and the lady's Gold Watch and chain imported by me this year to my young friend Agnes Elizabeth Whiteway, daughter of the said Robert R. Wakeham. I do hereby appoint my sincere friends Reverend Charles Dalton and Robert R. Wakeham executors of this my last will and testament to carry the foregoing bequests into effect. Peter Brown (LS)
Signed sealed and published in presence of, Samuel Carson,   Joseph Shea.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Peter Brown
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 11 & 12 probate year 1846.

St. John's Newfoundland, 27th December 1845. This is the last will and testament of me Peter Brown of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant, After my funeral expenses and just debts are paid (first amongst the latter are three hundred pounds C. to the Revd Charles Dalton) I give and bequeath the remainder of my real and personal estate as follows ~ viz. In equal shares between Reverend Charles Dalton towards building Roman Catholic Chapel at Harbor Grace, and for the poor of the same place ~ To the Right Reverend Doctor Fleming towards the completion of the Cathedral St. John's, in the said Island ~ To my dear brother James residing in Bonavista Bay and Nicholas residing in the county of Waterford, to my dear cousin Thomas Roach of Wexford (Ireland) Stationer and to my oldest Friend Robert R Wakeham, but reserving therefrom as follows, Ten pounds currency each to the Reverend John Forristall and John Cummins for Masses to be paid to them by my executors hereinafter named; and ten pounds Cy to Martha White for her kind attentions during my illness, and also my gold watch and chain to the Reverend Father Dalton, and the Lady's gold watch and chain imported by me this year to my young friend Agnes Elizabeth Whiteway, daughter of the said Robert R. Wakeham. I do hereby appoint my sincere friends Reverend Charles Dalton and Robert R. Wakeham Executors of this my last will and testament to carry the foregoing bequests into effect. Peter Brown L.S.
Signed sealed and published in presence of, Samuel Carson,   Joseph Shea.

Newfoundland. Central District
In the Supreme Court.
In the matter of the will of Peter Brown late of Harbour Grace in the Northern District Merchant deceased ~ Joseph Shea of Saint Johns in the Central District, Doctor of Medicine a subscribing witness to the Execution of the within Will, maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see Peter Brown the Testator therein named duly sign seal publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence as well of this Deponent as of Samuel Carson the other subscribing witness thereto. And this Deponent further saith that at the time of his so publishing his said Will, the said Testator was of sound mind and memory to the best of Deponent's judgement and belief. J. Shea
Sworn before me at St. Johns this 10th day of February A.D. 1846.
Geo. Anderson Commissioner of affidavits Supreme Court.

 

 

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 Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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