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Will of James Cowan
This is the last will and testament of me James Cowan of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Gentleman whereby I revoke all former wills heretofore made by me. In the first place I give and bequeath all my household furniture, monies and all other effects of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease (after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid) together with all my titles share claim or demand in the following lands houses and buildings unto my dear son James Cowan during his natural life only, that is to say; All that piece or parcel of ground situated in the rear of the Roman Catholic Burial ground held under lease by James Quinlan late of Harbour Grace, and Edward Cullinnan, together with the dwelling houses thereon. The dwelling house wherein I reside, and the garden and the lands belonging to the same in front and back thereof situated in Harbour Grace. All my interest in the Dwelling houses gardens and lands situated at Harbor Grace commonly known by the name of the "Pynns' Estate" and in part enjoyed by Jordan Henderson, Charlotte Cawley and others. The premises situated at Harbor Grace held under lease by William Innott consisting of the dwelling house and wharf lately held by Denis MacGrath deceased, a dwelling house also, garden in front thereof, and one at back thereof, with a Cooper's shop in the rear of the Waterford Arms, together with a stable built by the said William Innott near thereto. The Dwelling house garden and meadow situated in the rear of Harbor Grace held under Lease by Patrick Quin. All my right and title to certain property formerly belonging to the late Jane Cook of this place and by her Will left my late wife Ann Cowan, at present occupied by Peter Rogerson and others comprising shop wharf stores, dwelling houses, lands and gardens referred to in a Decree of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland dated St. John's the 22nd October 1796. Together with all that the following lands, tenements and Plantations left me by Susannah Heighington of the City of Bristol Widow that is to say, The dwelling house situated at the East end of the Court House at Harbor Grace leased to the late Martin Carey deceased, at present occupied by John Daniel Constable. All that meadow and fishing room situated on the South side of Mosquito occupied by John Pike. All that meadow situated on the south side of Mosquito one half part held by Neagle, the remaining moiety by Arthur Thomey. All that garden situated at Mosquito held under lease by Roger Thomey. All that farm dwelling house and plantation situated at the North point of Mosquito held under Lease by William Cowan. Together with all other lands buildings debts or goods of which I may die possessed.
|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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 28, 2002)
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