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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Dicks Senior


Will of John Dicks Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 523-524 probate year 1877

In re
     John Dicks deceased.

I John Dicks Senior of Saint John’s Sailmaker being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament, revoking all former wills-     I do order that after my decease all my just debts shall be paid out of my estate and that the remainder shall be disposed of as follows viz, my wife Mary Dicks shall receive a tenement for her use of the value of twelve pounds yearly, and a sum of twenty five pounds per annual payable half yearly     None of my children shall have any right or title to receive any thing from my estate during the natural life of my wife.     Should there be a balance in the hands of my executors it shall be put to interest in a safe investment but after her decease whatever funds are in the hands of surviving executors shall be divided equally among our children & grandchild Mary Jane Dicks with the exception of our household furniture which my wife shall dispose of as she thinks proper     I do bequeath to my son Joseph Bulley Dicks all my right & title in my farm at Lazy Bank to possess the same after my wife’s decease but in the event of his dying without issue it shall go with my other property and be divided in like manner     I do also order my executors to keep insured in its value all property belonging to my estate and in case of loss by fire to put the insurance money in a safe & profitable investment     And I request and appoint my wife Mary Dicks, my son Joseph Bulley Dicks and Ebenezer Brace to act as my executors.

John Dicks (LS)     St. John’s Newfdland 19 April 1860.     Signed in my presence W. D. Morison.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning

April 8, 1865 obituary
On Thursday, 6th inst., after a few days' illness, in the 76th year of his age, Mr. John Dicks, senior. Mr. Dicks was a native of Teignmouth, England, and came to this Colony when a youth. By a conscientious discharge of duty, in all the relations of life, he earned the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. As a husband and parent he was kind and affectionate; and passed away after having attained to a ripe old age, leaving a large family and many friends to mourn their sad loss. His remains will be conveyed to the River-head Cemetery on to-morrow (Sunday), at 3 o'clock P.M., from his late residence, Dicks' Square.
St. John's Daily News Page 3 - Sat. April 8, 1865
(Obituary contributed by Carol Edwards - he was her g-g-g-grandfather)



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Wednesday February 20, 2013 )

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