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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
As always, confirm these, as you would any other source material.
Will of Mary Drew
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 356 probate year 1923
In re MARY DREW. DECEASED.
I Mary Drew of Bay Bulls Widow of James Drew do make publish
and declare this as and for my last will and testament hereby revoking
all other and former wills.
I appoint Archibald Williams of Bay Bulls Fisherman to be
the Executor of this my will directing him as soon as possible after
my death to pay my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses.
I give devise and bequeath to my Executor all my right and title
and interest in and to that piece of land now occupied by me with
dwelling and outhouses thereon together with all my household furniture
and effects directing him soon as possible after my death to sell
by Public Auction said land dwelling and outhouses with household
furniture and effects and after deducting all expenses in connection
therewith to give the balance to the Parish Priest for Masses for
the repose of the souls of my Husbands, Children and Myself.
I give devise and bequeath unto my Executor the sum of One Hundred
and Forty five Dollars now in my house directing him immediately
after my death to pay my funeral and other expenses and give the
balance left to the Parish Priest for the repose of my soul.
The rest residue and remainder of all property of which I may die
possessed I give devise and bequeath unto my Executor directing him
to sell same and expend the proceeds in Masses for the repose of
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed
my hand at Bay Bulls this 8th day of March A. D. 1923. MARY
her X mark DREW
Signed Published and Declared by the said
Testatrix as and for her last will and testament in our presence
who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other
have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses. Thoms G. Williams James
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 21/23
|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 June 24, 2002
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