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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Colbourne



Will of James Colbourne
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 160 & 161 probate year 1922


I, James Colbourne, of Purcells Harbor in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland, being of sound mind, memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

  • FIRST. I give and devise unto my grand sons Melville Colbourne and Claud Colbourne the South West part of my land, that is the garden adjoining Philip Anstey's, on the North Side of the public road, with all erections thereon in equal shares.
  • SECOND. I give and devise unto my grand sons Ralph Colbourne and Augustus Colbourne the North East part of my land, that is the garden adjoining Peter Anstey's land on the East, and on the South of public road with all my erections thereon to be equally divided between them.
  • THIRD. In the event of either of my grandsons dying and leaving no son, then his part becomes the property of the remaining grandson or sons The same applies should either of my grandsons leave the place to reside elsewhere. But in the event of either of my grandsons dying leaving a widow she is to be allowed to live peaceably on her husbands property and enjoy the same privileges that her husband did, but in the event of her remarrying or leaving the place to reside elsewhere then she forfeits all claim upon the said devised property except hereinafter provided for.
  • FOURTH. All or any of the erections put upon my estate by my grandsons may be removed by them at anytime they deem fit, but no part or portion of my land or premises is to be sold so long as one or more of my grandsons remain upon my devised property, unless by consent of all my grandsons interested therein.
  • FIFTH. My waterside premises I give and devise unto my four grandsons above named to be equally owned by them, Melville and Claud the S.W. part Ralph and Augustus the N.E. part.
  • SIXTH. My fishing property and tools of whatever description to be equally owned by my four grandsons above named.
  • SEVENTH. The part of land upon which my son John Colbourne had erected his dwelling house and other buildings, is not to be considered in the above bequests but is the property of my late son John Colbourne.
  • EIGHT. I give and devise unto my two grand daughters Minnie Colbourne and Tina Colbourne the sum of Fifty dollars each the remainder of my money of which I may die possessed is to be equally divided amongst my four grand sons above named or such as may be living at my death.
  • AND LASTLY, I hereby appoint Charles White, Notary Public, to be Executor of this my last will and Testament.

I witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14th day of December A.D. 1917. JAMES COLBOURNE.
Signed in the presence of Stephen Anstey    Frank Linfield.

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Feby 9/22
Horwood C.J.
Probate granted
to Charles White
Feby 10/22.
Estate sworn
at $1110.00



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 Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 24, 2002

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