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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Azariah Critch



(This will was a poorly typewritten will, with many spelling and typing errors.
I have reproduced it to the best of my ability. The comments in the brackets are mine.
It is the Will of Azariah Critch
from Newfoundland will books, vol 11 page 388 probate year 1919)

In re Azariah Critch       deceased

Hants Harbor Apil 1st/18 i azariah Critch of Hants Harbor fisherman Being of sound mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of the Body Knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and testament that is to say principly and first of all i give and Recomend (commend?) my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to be buried in decent christian berial at the descreation (discretion?) of my executor nothing doubting but at the general resuraction (resurrection?) i shall receive the same again by the power pf (of?) God. As touching my wordly (worldly?) Estate which God has blessed me with in this life first my fishing Room that i owens (own?) is to be equally divided between my three sons Moses and Fred and Luther to be theirs and their childrens for ever the potato garden that I gave to my son Moses which is thirty feet wide and sixty six feet long is to be his and his children for ever fifty three feet long and thirty feet wide in the same garden is to be for my son fred and the rest of that same garden is to be Luthers and his children after him all the cabbage ground that i owns is to be Luthers and his children for ever my out house or Cooper shop is to be Luthers and all that is in it to be his and his childrens for ever the garden that Luther and i was clearing out in on Still water Pinch the part that i helpt to clear is to be Luthers and his childrens after him the cellar that i owns is to be Luthers and his childrens for ever the dwelling house is to be Luthers and his childrens after him and all that is in it the horse and sheep and all the anmils that i owns after my decease is to be Luthers and i appoint Peter Tuck to be my Executor to see the contents of this will carried out in witness i have unto set my hand and Seal the day and year above written. Azariah Critch. Signed and Sealed and declared by the said Azariah Critch as his last will and testament in the presence of the subscribers   Peter Tuck his X   Samuel Evans   Samuel Maidment.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Nov. 25/19
Kent J..
Probate granted
to Peter Tuck
Nov. 27/19.
Estate sworn
at $700.00



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.

Page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 29, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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