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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Richard Davis


Will of Richard Davis
from Newfoundland will books volume 9 pages 507-508 probate year 1912

In re
      Richard Davis          deceased.

      In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and Testament of me Richard Davis of Fox Harbor in the District of Placentia & St. Marys Planter I appoint William F. O’Reilly of Placentia Executor of this my last will and Testament I will that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as possible after my death.

  • I will devise and bequeath to my son Richard Davis and to my daughter Lizzie King the sum of three thousand dollars each.
  • To my grandsons James and William King. I will the sum of five hundred dollars each.
  • To my son James I will the sum of Six Hundred Dollars.
  • To the Roman Catholic church at Fox Harbor. I will the sum of Two Hundred dollars.
  • I will the sum of Two Hundred Dollars for 200 Masses to be celebrated within a year after my death for the repose of the souls of myself and family.

The above bequests amount to eight thousand dollars and the balance of my money I will devise and bequeath to my wife.

I will to my son James all that piece or parcel of land situated at St. John’s bounded South by Duckworth Street north by Kickham’s Lane East by one Mays and west by Walsh’s land and more particularly described in Mortgage dated September 10th 1907 but he is not to sell it and in the event of my said son dying without issue I will devise and bequeath the said property to the children of my daughter Lizzie King, should my son Jas leave issue he can dispose of this property in any way he likes.
I will devise and bequeath to my Grandson James King that piece of land known as the sheep Garden. The balance of my land I will devise and bequeath to my sons James and Richard, but in the event of my son James not coming to Fox Hr. to reside permanently he is to have no share in the said land it is all to be Richard’s. I will devise and bequeath my dwelling house stores stages wharves flakes and the land on which these erections are to my son Richard for his sole use but my wife is to have a home in the house we now live my son James is to have no claim on these buildings or lands on which they are erected.
The balance of my property consisting of boats fishing gear and every thing else I may die possessed of I will devise and bequeath to my son Richard. With regard to the property before described and secured to me by mortgage - situate at St. John’s - my interest is to the amount of twenty one hundred dollars and in the event of James dying without issue the payment of the said sum of $2100.00 without interest to my grandchildren the children of my daughter Lizzie settles all claim. I have against the said property.
I hereby revoke all wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand at Argentia this 20th day of June A.D. 1912 - Richard Davis - Signed by the Testator and acknowledged by him to be his last will and Testament in our presence who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other we have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Jas J. Davis    Thomas P Kemp.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Sept. 3/12
Emerson J.
Oct. 1/12
William F O’Reilly
sworn at



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