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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Jacob Chafe
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 231 & 232 probate year 1918
In re Jacob Chafe deceased
This is the last will and testament of me Jacob Chafe Fisherman of Petty Harbor, in the Electoral District of St. John's West.
First I desire that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses, and the cost of headstone shall be first paid out of my Estate.
Second: I appoint Henry J. W. Bishop of Petty Harbor sole executor of this my will.
Third: I give devise and bequeath to my son Daniel my dwelling house household goods, furniture and garden.
Fourth: I give devise and bequeath to my three sons Edward William and Daniel my premises and lands situate at Petty Harbor together with outhouses, fishing stages flakes and all other buildings and erections thereon but at the death of my son William his share of the property is to go to the children of my son Edward.
Fifth: I give devise and bequeath to my son Edward the sum of five hundred dollars.
Sixth: I give devise and bequeath the remainder of all monies of which I shall die possessed to my five children hereinafter named in equal shares between them, that is to say - my two sons William and Daniel and my three daughters  Hannah wife of Henry Chafe  Mary Ann wife of Nathaniel Chafe  Margaret, wife of Edward White. Witness my hand at Petty Harbour this twenty-fourth day of April A.D. one thousand nine hundred and eighteen Jacob his X mark Chafe. Signed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence, who in the presence of the said Testator and of each other, all present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. The said Will having been first read over to and approved by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament John R. Witten Jacob Chafe of Ambrose
Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
J. W. Bishop
|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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