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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Richard Dean


Will of Richard Dean
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 294 & 295 probate year 1839

In re
     Richard Dean       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Dean of Crocker's Cove Planter being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and desire that all whom it may or doth concern may receive it as such. I give and bequeath to my grandson Richard Nicholl the whole of my Room and plantation situate at Crockers together with house out houses Gardens Medows and fishing room as well as what money may be due to me at my decease (after all my lawful debts are paid) on and upon those express conditions that providing it should please Almighty God to remove me from this world before my grandson Richard Nicholl become of age that during his minority I hereby appoint William Howell of Carbonear Guardian and his protector for be it understood that it is not my intention by this my last will and testament that my said grandson is to become possessed of any of my bequeaths to him untill at mature age without the free will and consent of the Guardian William Howell who has authority by this my last will and testament that providing my daughter Prudence Nicholl should during the minority of my grandson be in necessitous circumstances it is my desire that he relieves her as he may see just and necessary. I further give and bequeath unto my said grandson Richard Nicholl my watch and feather bed as well as my pew in the Methodist Chapel also what furniture belonging to me in my dwelling house. I further give and bequeath unto my son Abel Dean my gun and one feather bed. And it is further my will and request that my grandson Richard Nicholl are to allow his father & mother full and free possession of the dwelling house (for their own) during their pleasure. This done at Crockers Cove this twenty fifth day of June in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty one, constituting Mr. Wm. Howell my whole executor. Richd his x mark Dean. Signed in the presence of W.W. Bemister.
Further I desire at my decease Sarah Clark is to be given a suit of black out of my estate. Twenty fifth June one thousand eight hundred & thirty one.

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 (March 16, 2003)

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