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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Isaac Dawe


Will of Isaac Dawe
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 558 & 559 probate year 1906

In re the estate of
     Isaac Dawe      deceased

In the name of God, Amen. I, Isaac Dawe, of Coley's Point, Conception Bay, in the Island of Newfoundland, fisherman, being sound in mind and memory, do on this sixteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine, make this my last will and testament as follows:
I will that all my land, cleared and uncleared, together with the waterside, be divided into three equal portions, by lines drawn from the waterside to my boundary on the south, and I give to my eldest son, Samuel Dawe, the western portion; to my second son, Isaac Dawe, the eastern portion; and to my youngest son, George Dawe, the middle portion, together with the dwelling house which is built thereon subject each to the following conditions:

  • First: that each of my said sons contribute to the comfortable support of my wife Fanny Dawe during her life time, or while she remains unmarried, and that my son George to whom I have left my house, give my said wife a peaceable and comfortable home in it during the the term of her natural life, or while she is a widow.
  • Second: that each of my said sons contribute also to the comfortable support of my sister, Maria Dawe, and that my son George, give her also a peaceable and comfortable home in the said dwelling house during her lifetime.
  • Third: that my two daughters Sarah Jane and Rachel Dawe have a home in my said dwelling house during their spinsterhood, and if through sickness or accident they should need assistance, I will that such assistance be afforded them from my said property. I will further that my three sons have the joint use of the stable and cellar, until Samuel and Isaac get such buildings for themselves when I will that said cellar and stable become the sole property of my son George. My two watches I have to my two eldest sons, Samuel the elder to take his choice, and my clock, I give to my son George. The two mahogany tables I have to my two eldest sons, Isaac to have his choice, and and all the rest of my household furniture I leave to my wife Fanny Dawe during her widowhood, after her death or remarriage I bequeath it all to my son George: my large gold ring I leave to my son Samuel; and I appoint Mr. Eli and Mr. William Dawe my cousins to be joint executors of this my last will & testament, and I charge them to see that all its provisions be faithfully carried into effect.

Isaac his X mark Dawe.
Signed sealed and delivered by the said Isaac Dawe in our presence and in the presence of each other this said day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine. Witnesses Henry Greenland     George Greenland

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Isaac Dawe deceased.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Feby. 27/06
Chief J.
Admt. C.t.a.
Granted on
the 9th day of
March A.D.
1906 to
Estate sworn
at $300.00



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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 25, 2002

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