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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Cram


Will of James Cram
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 600 & 601 probate year 1850

In re
     James Cram      deceased.

I James Cram Schoolmaster Catalina in the Island of Newfoundland being at present sick but in reasonable mind and of sound and disposing memory cause this instrument to be made and written by the hand of Alexander Brenner to be answer and serve as & to have the full effect and force of my last will and testament
First to my son George I give and bequeath the old dwelling house I now occupy with the land in its front and rear as also a garden or potato field in rear of the Church subject to and charged with a yearly payment of forty shillings by him to be made to his mother during her life.
Second, the premises on lease to Theophilus Wills together with the new dwelling house and land in its front I give and bequeath to my beloved wife for and during the term of her natural life with various pieces and slips of land appertaining thereto. On my wifes decease the new dwelling house with land in its front I give and bequeath to my eldest son Thomas Cram and the premises on lease to Theophilus Wills I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Luiza Calpin, in both cases only on and after the decease of my wife. Concerning my daughter Eliza Manson now in England should adverse circumstances induce or occasion her to come to reside in Newfoundland it is my will and desire that my daughter Luiza Calpin divide and share the portion of premises willed her with her said sister Eliza Manson in such manner and proportion as may be decided by arbitrators mutually chosen. Done in Catalina in the Island of Newfoundland this seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty eight -1848- James Cram. Witness, J.O. Barter,     D. Bremner.

Be it known unto all men by this present that I James Cram Schoole master have made and declared that my last will and testament in writing bearing date the 20th June 1848 do by these present contained in this codicil confirm and ratify my last will and do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife two chists drawers one watch I give to my son George Cram and my Gun my timepiece I give to my wife during her life after her decease to be my son Thomas I give to my nefew Jesia Gilpin my small gun two pieces of land at back of the church to be sold to beare the expenses of my funeral I hereby name the persons I should wish to be my bearers S. Colleridge, Joseph Manuel, James Clark, Charles Duffett Senr, William Gould, John Diamond, William Ashford, John Manuel, James Raymond, James Russell, Stephen Janes, Frederick Hiscock, John Eady, I wish to dig my grave Natl Pany, Alex Howell, William Janes, William White for which service I wish them to be paid 2s. 6 each. Theare is a sall sum of eleven pounds in the hands of Messrs. Robinson & Brooking belonging to me which should be very thankful to Mr. Bremner to receive and pay the expenses of my funeral and what should remain from that and the two pieces of land to pay to my beloved wife Sarah Cram.     James Cram. The above was written by Mr. James Crams desire by me Samuel Coleridge. June 20th 1848.

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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 14, 2003)

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