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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Day


Will of John Day
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 page 129 probate year 1913

In re John Day      deceased.

I John Day of Salmon Cove in the District of Trinity being of sound mind and memory, for which I thank God, do make this my last will & testament, by which to dispose of my land and property. I give and bequeath to my son Nehemian all those parts and plots of ground on my estate, as have been worked and occupied by him heretofore I give and bequeath to my son William my dwelling house & furniture with the outhouses adjoining together with all lands which have been used and occupied by him and me together except in case of my waterside premises which I leave to my two sons together to be used by them with equal rights I give and bequeath to my son William all fishing gear which I may die possessed of of every sort and description And I herein express my hope and wish that my son William who will have the larger portion of my land will do his best to make things as convenient as possible for his elder brother in the way of a building plot or such purpose, if at any time he need one
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of August A.D. 1908 - John his X mark Day -
Signed and declared by John Day the above named testator as and for his last will, in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to his signature Witnesses R.B. Dewling Salmon Cove     George House St. John's

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following, the dates reflecting the year 1912, but this is probably an error, as this will is in the 1913 will book)
Oct 17/12
Adm. C.t.a.
Oct. 15/12
to William
Geo. House
at $1120.00



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 July 11, 2002

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