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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Dobie


Will of James Dobie
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 page 52 probate year 1828-1830

In re James Dobie       deceased

I James Dobie Surgeon Royal Navy now residing at St. John's Newfoundland in sound health body and mind do leave all my personal property funded home and Foreign establishments to Mrs. Dobie my mother for her life time then to go to my sister Mrs. Bisset during her life One thousand pounds to Miss Bisset my niece to be kept at interest for her her heirs &c. I consider that all my brothers have been well provided for by the arrangements I have made should anything happen to me I have left my business as fairly arranged as possible in Mr. Frances and Mr. Wilson's management Mr. France having an account and instruction how to act I wish the Newfoundland business to be broadly and briskly prosecuted appointing agents of sober honest and steady principles without which no business can be properly executed to any or the least advantage My brother David or John from their practical knowledge I recommend to visit the Island also the most important outharbours where these agents are to be placed

Nova Scotia is another quarter to examine     P. Ed. Island     Cape Breton     West Indies     Bermuda     Pernambuco     the Rio de Janeiro and all other places vessels go to for any articles more immediately in the chemical way as Mr. Wilson has been correct     also John Hannon I recommend to my brothers     also something I yet hope may be done for Mr. Curtis whom I wish well     The chemical engine or what is made from it to be in abundance sent here for these places arrangements having been made for its disposal if John does not take the Flagship if to be got Mr. Dobie will find out the Flag officer and ask him for it I mean Sir G. Cockburn.(?)    I advise Mr. Wilson if he wishes it for this quarter.
James Dobie Surgeon R.N. Jany 22nd 1826.
Witness Campbell France Surgeon Royal Navy.     Alfred Wilson

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.

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