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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Dambrill


Will of John Dambrill
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 pages 47 & 48 probate year 1827-1830

In re John Dambrill       deceased

In the name of God Amen I John Dambrill of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, House Carpenter, being infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, I give devise and bequeath unto my Executors, hereinafter mentioned All my Fishing Room or rooms and plantation situate in Saint John's aforesaid or elsewhere, with the buildings and erections thereon and all the Appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and all other lands, houses, tenements, goods, chattels, effects, or property whatsoever, which I may die possessed of, or at the time of my decease be entitled unto in any manner or way howsoever, Upon Trust that the same and every part thereof with all the rents issues and profits therefrom arising [my just debts and funeral expences being first thereout paid] be allowed unto and for the proper use and behoof of my wife Jane Dambrill for and during the term of her natural life, hereby authorizing and allowing them my said executors, with the consent and concurrence of my said wife to make, and execute any such lease or leases of the whole or any part of the Fishing Rooms or other property hereby intended to be devised to any person or persons for such term and upon such conditions as they my said executors with the consent and concurrence aforesaid may think proper or be advised to grant. And after the decease of her my said wife, upon this further trust, that they, my said executors or their legal representative for the time being, do then forthwith as soon as conveniently may be, cause and procure all the aforesaid property, hereby intended to be bequeathed, to be fairly and equally divided between my then surviving children or their heirs, share and share alike as near as the same may or can be done.

And I do hereby nominate and appoint John Ebsery of Saint John's aforesaid Planter Thomas Walker [Mason] and Thomas Walker, the Younger, Shipwright, both of the same place, to be the whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, hereby declaring to be null and void any former will by me made.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal; at Saint John's aforesaid this fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. John Dambrill [LS] Signed, sealed and delivered published and declared by the Testator as and for his last will and Testament the day and year aforesaid in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses.
John Cook of Saint John's Boatkeeper.     Lionl Chancey, Notary Public.

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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 13, 2002

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