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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Abraham Dean


Will of Abraham Dean
from Newfoundland will books, volume 11 page 479 probate year 1920

In re Abraham Dean       deceased

In the name of God Amen. I Abraham Dean of Seldom Come By in the Island of Fogo Newfoundland being in perfect health of body and of sound mind and memory, and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and Testament. That is to say.

  • First. I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried after a Christian like manner.
  • Secondly. Concerning all my worldly estate in my possession I give devise and dispose of in the following manner and form. I give all my right and title all and singular of my fishing room and all thereon of movable effects to my Grand Son "Abel Dean" the said Abel Dean to support and maintain me and my wife as long as we both shall live and to give us both a Christian burial at our death. I also give and bequeath to my Grand Son "Abel Dean" all land in my possession at "Seldom Come By" bounded Westward by Solomon Piddells land and Eastward by the bearings Northwest and Southwest to have and to hold by said Abel Dean and to his children after him, and to their succeeding generations, with no power to sell or barter or to pass out of the families of the Deans or their generations for all times to possess and enjoy without undue preference and I do ratify and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Fogo this ninth day of October A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty six, having been first read over, and being fully understood by the said Testator, who also, hereby nominates and appoints my son Alfred Dean of Seldom Come By as executor to this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal. Abraham his X mark Dean. Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Abraham Dean, in the presence of us, as, and for, his last will and Testament, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Clarence J. Fitzgerald.    Ambrose J. Fitzgerald.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat June 26/20
Kent J.
adm cta
granted to Sir
W. F. Lloyd
July 5/20
Estate sworn
at $1000.00



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.

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Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit January 22, 2002

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