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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Brown


Will of William Brown
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 24 & 25 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     William Brown       deceased.

Bishops Harbor, Salvage. March (?) 190(?).
This is the last will of me William Brown of Bishops Harbor Salvage Planter I being now of a sound mind & good understanding, Testator. I give and bequeath all my personal property, as follows.

  1. I give to my Daughter Clara Steed wife of William Steed the sum of Four hundred Dollars I give to my daughter Mary Kate Brown unmarried the sum of four Hundred Dollars both paid in cash at the time of the distribution of my assets.
  2. I give & bequeath the remainder of my money to be divided equally between my three sons Andrew Brown Kenneth Brown & William Brown.
  3. I further order that the sum of Twelve hundred dollars be Deposited in the Bank and the interest of which is to be paid to my present wife Mary Ann Brown during her life.
  4. All the rest of my estate is to be equally divided among my three sons with the exception of what ground my wife & daughter wants for their personal use while living on the premises
  5. My wife is to live in my house as long as she lives or wishes. And my daughter is also to stay in the house as long as she is unmarried. My watch I give to my son Andrew Brown, my Bible I give to my son Andrew Brown my Bible to my son Kenneth my bed & bedding to my son William after my wifes death
  6. I further give one third of my waterside premises to be equally divided among my three sons.
  7. All the Household Furniture & belongings are to remain in the house for the use of my wife & daughter & those who occupy it.
  8. My Dwelling House after my wife's death will be the property of my son William Brown

I hereby appoint my son Kenneth Brown as my executor of this my will. William Brown signature of Testator
signed by the Testator in the presence of us who thereupon sign our names in his and each other's presence. William Tulk School Teacher.    Walter Robert Brown Fisherman

I certify the foregoing to be a correct of the last will and testament of William Brown
D. M. Browning


March 10th, 1906. This is my will Mary Kate will receive one sixth of her (?????) Portion William X Brown.   Kenneth Brown   Mary K Brown

correct copy of codicil
D.M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
May 21/06
Johnson J.
granted to
on the 21st
day of
May A.D.
sworn at



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 (November 4, 2002)

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