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and the generous help of her team of people as follows:
Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller, Eric Weller, & Kristina Americo

A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Cole



Will of William Cole
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 page 65 probate year 1828-1830

In re William Cole       deceased

In the name of God Amen, I William Cole of Bonavista Newfoundland Planter, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner following [that is to say]

  • First I order that all my just debts funeral expences and charges of proving this my will be fully paid and satisfied and after payment thereof I give and bequeath unto my two grandchildren William and Benjamin Cole all my fishing room in Bonavista laying and bounded by Fords & Saints rooms with all the erections thereon for them their heirs and assigns nevertheless upon this consideration that their father Benjamin Cole shall on paying the sum of two shillings yearly rent have the free and undisturbed possession of the above premises during his natural life All the rest residue & remainder of my property both real and personal I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Cole and lastly I constitute and appoint my aforesaid son Benjamin executor to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I the said William Cole the testator have to this my last will & testament set my hand and seal this sexteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty six. William his X mark Cole [LS] Signed seal'd published and declared by the said William Cole the testator as and for his last will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses thereto.     James Brown.     Charles Saint.

Certified correct D.M. Browning



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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Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 13, 2002

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