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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Rev. William Ellis


Will of Rev. William Ellis
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 275 probate year 1838

In re
     Rev. William Ellis       deceased.

I William Ellis being of sound mind and memory for which I think God do make this my last will and testament.
First, I give and bequeath to Charlotte my beloved wife two hundred pounds Curry. one hundred pounds of which is on interest in the Wesleyan Chapel at St. John's, Fifty pounds on interest in the Wesleyan Chapel Harbor Grace and Fifty pounds on interest in the Wesleyan Chapel Carbonear, the whole of the above to be at the disposal of my executors for the benefit of my children but should the children be brought up to their majority without drawing on the above two hundred pounds then as they come of age each of the four eldest to receive fifty pounds and the youngest to receive a similar sum from the sale of my books, and should it so happen that any of the children should die before they become of age their share to be divided equally among the surviving children. I further give to my wife all my household furniture except as hereinafter mentioned to be at the disposal of my executors for the use of her and my children.
Secondly I give and bequeath to my son Robert after the death of my wife or when my executors may think fit Dr. Clark's Commentary on the Bible my best watch and a feather bed.
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son John Dr. Cake's Commentary on the Bible and my inferior watch.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elen her bed and beding but should it so happen that my executors would be obliged to draw any part of the above named two hundred pounds then the remainder to be divided equally between my four eldest children. And it is my will and desire that Richard Anderson and Mrs. Ellis be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I hereunto put my hand and seal at Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland this 12th day of September 1837. Wm. Ellis (LS) Witness present, Thos. Ridley.    John Stevenson.   Richd Anderson.

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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 12, 2003)

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