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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Douglas


Will of James Douglas
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 178-179 probate year 1855

In re
     James Douglas      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me James Douglas of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Gentleman at present of sound and disposing mind and memory.     First It is my will that immediately or so soon after my decease as it may be convenient so to do that an account be taken of all my interest in the business at present carried on under the firm of "Thos. McMurdo & Co." and of my interest in the premises in which such business is carried on and a faithful adjustment of the partnership accounts be made and settled and upon such settlement it is my will that whatever balance shall be found to be due to me shall be left with Mr. Thomas Murdo for the period of five years without interest to assist him in carrying on his business and at the end of such period be disposed of as follows to be paid into the Branch National Bank of Scotland at Dumfries to be dealt with as hereafter named with respect to the balance of the proceeds of my personal and other property Second That all my private property (other than that already alluded to) both real and personal including my vessel and all other property be sold so soon after my decease as convenient and after paying out of the proceeds thereof my funeral expenses and all my debts that the balance be paid into the said National Bank of Scotland at Dumfries and the interest therefrom to be paid to my brother Adam Douglas annually until his decease and after his decease that the principal sum together with such balance as will remain as aforesaid with Mr. McMurdo to be divided equally among my brothers and sister's children then living share and share alike. I appoint Dr. Samuel Carson & Andrew Milroy Esquire, executors of this my last will and testament.
James Douglas (LS)
Signed sealed and published in presence of Moses Harvey, W.V. Whiteway, St. John's 18th day of September A.D. 1854.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 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 AST)

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