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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Curtis


Will of John Curtis
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 44 probate year 1879

In re
John Curtis deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I John Curtis of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Fisherman being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament I give and dispose of my real and personal estate that I am now possessed of to my loving wife Margaret Curtis during the term of her natural life and after decease of the said Margaret then it is my will that the same shall go to Denis Brien his heirs or assigns save and except the up and down stairs tenement house next to Thomas Shortall Vails Mill Lane. Subject nevertheless to the following condition, that is to say such portion of my estate as aforesaid as I became possessed of in right of my said wife Margaret shall remain as her possession, she deriving the benefit thereof during her lifetime and at her decease to remain as her estate. And I do appoint Denis Brien of St. John’s sole executor to this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills at any time executed by me and acknowledging this to be my last will and testament. John his X mark Curtis (LS) Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by me in the presence of Patrick Murphy, Patrick Buckley, St. John’s Newfoundland, Feby 7th 1879.

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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

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

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