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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Davis



Will of John Davis
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 pages 48 & 49 probate year 1827-1830

In re John Davis       deceased

In the name of God Amen. I John Davis of Collinett in St. Mary's Bay Newfoundland Planter being in sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I give to Joseph Brien one cow with the use of one half of all my nets and boats with their craft &c as long as he shall remain in Collinett with my nephew William Davis. And I allso give to my nephew William Davis 4 cows with the other half of all my netts boats &c with all my right and title to the Salmon Fishery in Collinett Arm after all my just debts and funeral expences are paid. Lastly I do make and constitute J.W. Martin and Geo. Coles my executors of this my last will and testament dated this first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, John Davis [LS]
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us William Christopher    George Coles.    John Wills Martin.
In case Joseph Brien mentioned in this will should at any time leave Collinett his half of the said netts Boats &c. is to devolve on the said William Davis.     John Davis.
Witness to the signature
William Christopher.    George Coles.     John Wills Martin.

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.

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REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 13, 2002

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