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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills (D)
John Daw


Will of John Daw
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 429 to 431 probate year 1844. (This name is spelled Daw and Dawe in the will, and Daw in the will index.)

In re
     John Daw       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Daw Planter of Ship Cove Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland being very sick and weak of body but of a perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form that is to say all my just and lawful debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be fully paid settled and discharged by my dearly beloved wife Amy to whom I now give and bequeath all and every thing my right title and interest in and to a dwelling house fishing plantation gardens meadows &c. &c. of all I am possessed and owner of in this world for her support and maintenance of her family after my death under these considerations that as long as my wife continues a widow to reap the benefit but in case of her ever marrying the property then to be divided in manner following, viz. my dwelling house, fishing plantation, garden, meadows &c. &c. situated and being at Ship Cove I give and bequeath to my sons John & George so long as they can agree and live quietly together the property not to be divided but in case of any dispute arise during their mother's life I do hereby order that John is to have a piece of ground allotted and selected out by his mother and to build a house to himself, and if after their mother's death the property to be valued and equally divided between the two
My room and plantation situated and being at Sandy Cove Port de Grave commonly called Skains Room I give and bequeath to my sons William and Abraham, And in Case death separating either of these brothers as herein appointed and directed the property to become the right and title of the surviving brother or brothers provided there be no issue if so each to be at liberty to settle his own will And further should there by any property by sea in case of my wife ever marrying it shall then be valued or sold and the money arising from the same to be equally divided among my sons I also bequeath to my son John a watch No. 7737 together with a Gun and to my son William a watch and gun and to each other sons a gun to be given them as soon as these my chosen executors shall consider them competent judges to manage and keep the same
And I do now by these presents constitute nominate and appoint George Andrews, son of William of Ship Cove and Robert Daw son of Samuel of Church Hill to be my true and lawful executors of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills heretofore made by me and do now declare this to be my last will & testament.
In witness whereof I the said testator John Daw have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two A.D. 1842. John Dawe his x mark (LS)
We as witnesses do hereby declare that the said testator John Daw signed sealed & delivered this as his last will & testament in our presence and that his document was carefully and distinctly read over before signing & delivering. William Andrews Sr. his x mark   Geo. H. Collier.   witnesses.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 13, 2003)

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