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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Carew


Will of John Carew
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 356 to 358 probate year 1885

In re
      John Carew deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me John Carew of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter and Undertaker.    First. I hereby revoke cancel and annul all former wills codicils and testamentary writings by me heretofore made.
Secondly I devise and bequeath all my property real and personal to my well beloved son John Carew saving what is hereinafter excepted and bequeathed to others and if the said John Carew should die before his wife and leave no issue him surviving then the said property real and personal and the fruits thereof shall go to support his wife during her life with remainder over to John’s next of kin but should his said wife marry again after his death she shall not have any of the said property but the same shall go to John’s next of kin and I expressly forbid my said son John or anyone claiming under him from encumbering or in anywise disposing of the said property real or personal or any portion thereof and should the said John Carew have a child him surviving then the said real and personal property shall go to such child after the death of John’s wife.

Thirdly I devise and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Catherine Carew the upstairs tenement of the house in which she now lives to have and to hold the same for her life free from the control of her husband or of any future husband with remainder over to such of her children as she may bequeath it to And I herein forbid her from mortgaging or in anywise disposing of the said tenement.

Fourthly I devise and bequeath the farm situate on the Belvidere Road To my well beloved son Thomas Carew and I expressly forbid him from mortgaging or selling or in anywise encumbering the same and even from leasing the said farm for more than sixty years at a time and if the farm should be leased that it be let out for its full yearly value and for not more than sixty years at a time and if the said Thomas should die without issue then the said farm to go to his next of kin but if he should have issue behind him to go to such children as he may leave it to and further I bequeath the said car horse and tackling to the said Thomas.

Fifthly I give devise and bequeath the room in which my wife now sleeps with bed bedding and furniture to her for life together with the interest on whatever sum of money in the Savings Bank I shall die possessed of for her life and after her death the said money shall be divided as follows-

  • four hundred pounds currency (£400) to my son John Carew and in case of his death the said money to go as provided for in case of his death in the second clause of this will-
  • two hundred and fifty pounds currency (£250) to my daughter Kate Carew free from the control of her husband or any future husband the interest on which she shall draw yearly up to her death when it shall fall to her children-
  • fifty pounds to my grandchild John Prowse when he comes of the age of twenty-two years-
  • the interest on two hundred and fifty pounds cy (£250) to Thomas Carew my son for twenty years after my wife’s death and after the said twenty years he shall come into the possession of the principal and I forbid him from mortgaging the said interest or principal or in any wise making away with it-
  • and I give twenty five pounds cy (£25) for low Masses for my wife’s soul after her death-

Sixthly I give twenty five pounds for low Masses for my soul immediately after my death to be paid by my executors as follows:-    the sum of six pounds five shillings cy (£6. 5. 0) to each of the following clergyman to the Revd D. O’Brien, Revd M.F. Howley Revd Wm. Forristal and Revd John Ryan.

Seventhly I hereby appoint Thomas Murphy Inspector of Roads and Wm. Murphy, Draper, to be executors to this my last will and testament and it shall be their duty to go to the Savings Bank on the first day of every year and draw therefrom the interest on whatever sum deposited there in my name and pay the same to my wife until her death as they deem necessary.    And lastly I hereby on this the third day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five (1885) sign publish and declare this for my last will and testament.    John Carew.    Signed published and declared by the said testator on the year and date above written for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our signatures as witnesses the same having been carefully read over and explained, N.K. Murphy,    Thos. Murphy.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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