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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Cross


Will of James Cross
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 76 & 77 probate year 1829.

In the Estate of
     James Cross       deceased.

Saint John's Nfld 17th Decr 1828. My dear Friends George Lilly and Henry Hawson, As I am about to embark for Britain and as more or less danger attends crossing the Atlantic, I think it right before I sail to express my wishes as to the disposal of my property in the event of my not returning again to this Island. As regards my interest in the concern of Bulley Job & Cross I wish that it should be closed as soon after my decease as it can be with propriety, that all my property shall be placed on good security for the benefit of my two sons James Laidlaw and William Henry Cross equally, and that as my property here is realised it shall be remitted to my brothers John Cross John Marsh and Thomas Travers who I appoint to be my executors and to whose care jointly and severally I entrust my precious children and their education earnestly recommending them to their especial care and attention only it is my will that my dr. boy Wm. Hy. be permitted to remain with his grandparents if both or either live so long till he is seven years old and for his maintenance I give unto them Fifty pounds stg per annum after that period I wish that he may be sent to my dear brothers beforementioned to them I wish all my property when realised to be remitted for the a/c(?) and benefit of my two sons desiring them to place it upon what they may consider good and sufficient security. My half of the three gardens near the Meeting House and in the Farm in the occupancy of Thomas Martin may be realized or kept as you please but I wish the land on Lot 3 in P.E.Island to be realized when an opportunity offers. I beg Mr. Hawson's acceptance of a Bedstead (now in the S. side store) with the curtains (Blue) belonging to it, and Mr. Lilly's acceptance of the Bedstead and Curtains in his house belonging to me. I think it right to add that I wish that each of my sons shall become possess'd of one fourth of my property when they respectively become 21 years of age and the other one fourth to each when he attains the age of twenty five years. Earnestly praying that I may be safely return'd to my precious children, or that I may be prepared for the solemn change that awaits me I remain my dear Friends Affectionately yours James Cross.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 21, 2002)

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