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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Henry Chafe
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 395 probate year 1923
In re HENRY CHAFE. DECEASED.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Henry Chafe of Petty Harbor retired bait master, in the Central Division of the District of St. John's West. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life.
I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
I first desire that my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and discharged.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Philip James Chafe his heirs and assigns my dwelling house and that piece or parcel of land on which it stands together with all furniture, beds and bedding, also my fishing room consisting of stage flakes Oil and factory also, cod traps, nets and boats and all sundries connected therewith whatsoever I possess at the time of my death. Also that piece of water side premises situated at Cape Broyle in the District of Ferryland.
I give devise and bequeath to my brother Moses J. Chafe my best suit of clothes together with my best over-coat.
I also will that my wife Ellen Chafe shall have free use of the top front room and the bottom front room in the abovementioned dwelling house free of charge during her life time and after her death the use of the rooms and the furniture shall go back to my son Philip James Chafe.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Philip James Chafe the three gardens at the lower portion of Petty Harbor known as "Moses Chafe's" gardens, also one garden in Maddix Cove situated at the head of what is known as "The Rocky Lane"
I hereby appoint John Andrews of Petty Harbor and Moses J. Chafe also of Petty Harbor as Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
Signed and declared by me as my last Will and Testament this thirty first day of march A.D. One thousand nine hundred and twenty three.
HENRY M. CHAFE
Signed and declared by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses. Alexander Lee. Henry J. W. Bishop.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat June 16/23
to John Andrews
and Moses J.
|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.
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