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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Curtis


Will of William Curtis
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 332-333 probate year 1884

In re
      William Curtis deceased.

In the name of God.     I William Curtis of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind do declare by this my last will and testament that I bequeath all my property and possessions consisting of a dwelling house and garden situate in Noads Street in the aforesaid town of Harbor Grace with all goods and chattels contained in said dwelling house Also a piece or parcel of land situate in the road leading to Lady Pond from Harbor Grace to my wife Eliza Curtis in connection with my two daughters viz. Melina Curtis the eldest and Sophia Curtis the youngest as follows My wife Eliza Curtis to have the sole management of said property during her life time After her death the said property to be in possession of my two daughters Melina Curtis and Sophia Curtis In the event of either of my daughters being married the property is to be in possession of the unmarried daughter And in the event of the death of Eliza Curtis and the marriage of Melina and Sophia Curtis and the marriage of Melina and Sophia Curtis the whole of the aforesaid property to be divided equally between my sons And furthermore I do appoint and declare Stephen S. Andrews and James Hutchings both of Harbor Grace to be the executors of this my last will and testament.    William his X mark Curtis (LS)     Witness, John Hutchings, Stephen S. Andrews. James Hutchings, Harbor Grace, 22nd September 1876.

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 Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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