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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Colford


Will of John Colford
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 256-257 probate year 1883

In re
      John Colford deceased.

I John Colford in the town of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland declare this to be my last will and testament.    I give and bequeath to my sister Cathrine Colford the dwelling house now in the occupancy of Mrs. Garland and her son Also all the bed and beding now in my possession to have and to hold the same unto the said Cathrine Colford and her heirs forever.     I give and bequeath to my brother James Colford the house now in the occupancy of Culleton to have and to hold the same unto the said James Colford and his heirs for ever.    I give and bequeath to my sister Margaret Colford the house now in the occupancy of Mr. Coleman to have and to hold the same unto the said Margaret Colford and her heirs forever.     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 11th day of January A.D. 1883.     John his X mark Colford.     Signed and declared by the above named John Colford as his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses of the same, Signed, Thomas Colford, Daniel Quigley.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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