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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Dobbin


Will of James Dobbin
(from Newfoundland will books vol. 11 pg. 34 probate year 1917)

In re James Dobbin, deceased

This is the last will and Testament of me, James Dobbin, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, licensed Publican I revoke all former wills by me at any time made and I appoint my son, John Dobbin the executor of this my will:

I give and bequeath to my said son John for his own use absolutely the dwelling house and premises numbered 129 Gower Street and also the dwelling-houses and premises numbered 54 and 56 Bond Street: Provided that my wife, Margaret, shall have the right to occupy one of the houses on Bond Street during the balance of her natural life if she should so desire.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Florrie the piano.

The balance of my estate including my stock-in-trade and household furniture I give to my said wife Margaret for her own use save that my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid out of the said bequests.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's aforesaid this 16th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve, James Dobbin

Signed Published Declared by the Testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us both being present at the same time, who in his presence have hereunto subscribed ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution thereof. W.J. Higgins    John Barington

Correct Charles H. Emerson Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
Nov 2/17
Johnson J
Nov 5/17
John Dobbins
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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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: August 17, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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