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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Jonathan Diamond



Will of Jonathan Diamond
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 13 & 14 probate year 1913

In re Jonathan Diamond      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Jonathan Diamond of Brooklyn in the District of Bonavista in the Colony of Newfoundland. Fisherman made this seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred & thirteen. I appoint Mr. Andrew Lethbridge to be the sole Executor and Trustee of this my will. I bequeath and give to my four daughters Louisa Jane Lethbridge Lucy Grace Pye. Henrietta Martin. & Susie Bayley Reader all my land to be equally divided Be it understood that any portion of the aforesaid land required by the Government for Railway construction be sold without demur that Andrew Lethbridge be the first claimant of one hundred dollars for the land sold & the remainder to be equally divided between my four daughters. I give and devise to my daughters Lucy Grace one side board Henrietta clock & Flower stands and to each of my four daughters, one dining room chair and one kitchen chair. The rocking chair to remain in the home wherein I stay. I bequeath & give to my daughters Louisa Jane my cow; and to my four daughters one sheep each. I give and devise to my daughter Luce Grace, one bed which is now at her home; to my daughter Susie Bayley a gold piece; to my grandson Nevil Reader my watch and to my grandson Jonathan Diamond one bed, bedding and bedstead. Be it understood that a piece of land measuring sixty feet square had been sold to the Methodist Board of Education whereupon the school room is erected I bequeath and give to my daughter Louisa Jane any portion of money remaining in the home when all the expenses of my funeral are paid.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name in the presence of the two attesting witnesses by making his mark - Jonathan Diamond - his X mark -
Signed by the said Jonathan Diamond as his last will and Testament in the presence of us, both present at the same time, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the will having been previously read over to the said Testator in our presence when he stated that he did and appeared to be in his right mind & perfectly understand the same. Witnesses. William T. Coles.     Albert Lethbridge.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Mar 24/13
C. J.
Mar 24/13
to Andrew
sworn at



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 8, 2002

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