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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Dalton


Will of John Dalton
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 155 & 156 probate year 1918

In re John Dalton       deceased

Newfoundland this is the last will and testament of me John Dalton [Senior] fishermen of Cape Broyle in the Electoral District of Ferryland and Southern District of Newfoundland. I appoint Robert Jardine Freebairne Stipendiary Magistrate of Ferryland to be my executor I give devise and bequeath to my son John all the land where he has his house namely from the old house to the back Road also "Stephens Place" also the meadow and ground at Seals Point and half the stage, also a part of the middle Island from the "Gap" down to the end of it To my grandson John I give out of my son John's share a site near the stable for a dwelling house also my share of the trap To my grandsons, Richard and James I give the West end of the middle Island from the "gap" up equally between them To my grandsons, Richard, James and Stephen I give three parts of the other half of the middle Island one part each Stephen the western side from the stream up. The other two parts John is to take the part next river and Richard the inside part where house is To my grandsons Richard and James I give my own trap my half of the Caplin Seine I give to James and Richard also my share of Codnets and my share of salmon net The other half and half shares I give to my son John and my grandson John my son John is to keep the last horse and cow he bought and half the sheep is to go to John & his son John my cow I leave to Richard I give my own between James and Richard and the other half of sheep to James Richard and Steeve. I give devise and bequeath to my grandson Richard the ground house of furniture belonging to me said ground running from the old house to the pond and over to "Stephens" boundary. To Richard Jim and Stephen I leave flake & shore the beach up to the "gap" going in my son John having the flake over in Seals Pt. From the "Gap" out by the waterside up to be older [ollaid] Garden I give to John Dalton my grandson for the purpose of building a house the other piece there to James and Richard what money I have to my credit in Bank to go to the support of my wife Ann while she lives and to support a girl to look after her and if she outlives it the estate has to support her In the event of her death any balance of money remaining is to go to Richard and my daughter Mrs. Martin The motorboat & engine I leave for use of all hands including Richard as long as they stay united if any disputes occur it is to go to Alice Martin from whom they may hire it.

I direct that my funeral and testamentary expenses be paid out of money in Bank and failing that out of my estate. The Room and flake and place I gave to Charles Oldridge is to remain in his possession undisturbed In witness whereof, I the said John Dalton Senior have to this my last will and Testament set my name this 30th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen John his X mark Dalton Signed by the Testator and acknowledged by him to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. Frank Leahy   Michael Kelly.

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
July 17/18
July 20/18
to Robert
J. Freebairn
sworn at


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 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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