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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Emma Clarke



Will of Emma Clarke
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 399 & 400 probate year 1904

The last will of Emma Clarke late of Brigus widow deceased

I Emma Clarke of Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following namely

  • First I give and bequeath to my son William A Clarke and to my grandson Andrew Grant Clarke the dwelling house land with all erections thereon at present owned and occupied by me one half of the said house and property to each of them.
  • Second I give and bequeath to my son William A. Clarke and to my grandson Andrew Grant Clarke all my household furniture and effects to be equally divided between each of them. Provided that on the death of my son William Clarke his interest in the said house and property and furniture is to go to my grandson Andrew Grant Clarke but should my grandson die first the said property on the death of my son William A. Clarke is to go to my three sons, John Clarke, Caleb Clarke and Robert M. Clarke.
  • Third I give my bed and bedding to my grandson Andrew Grant Clarke.
  • Fourth. I give the rocking chair to my son John Clarke
  • Fifth It is my wish and desire that the remainder of my land cultivated and uncultivated shall be equally divided between my four sons, John Clarke, Caleb Clarke, Robert M. Clarke and William A. Clarke, and if either of my sons at any time wish to sell their part of the land it is my desire that it be sold to one of my own children.
  • I hereby appoint Robert Munden Clarke executor to this my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal at Brigus C.B. Nfld this twelfth day of January A.D. 1904. Emma her X mark Clarke. (LS) signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testatrix Emma Clarke as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testatrix having been first read over to her. William Gushue.     Nathan his X mark Clarke.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Emma Clarke.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Dec 8. 04
C. Justice
Probate granted
on the 8th day of
December A.D. 1904
To Robert Munden
Estate $599.50



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and transcribed by Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 19, 2002

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