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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Gould


Will of James Gould
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 71 & 72 probate year 1913

In re James Gould      deceased.

In the name of God Amen I James Gould of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland being of perfect mind and memory although weak in body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and moreover being desirous that there should be no disputes after my decease respecting that property I may possess at the time of my decease Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say
First I give and bequeath to Mary my beloved wife all I possess to be by her occupied held and enjoyed and subject to her control for her maintenance and comfort during her natural life. After the death of my beloved wife Mary it is my will and pleasure that the said property shall be inherited by my son Michael his heirs administrators and assigns. I further ordain and devise that my wife Mary shall not have authority to dispose of any part or portion of the said property whatever and that during my wife's life, my son Michael is to have peaceable occupation of the dwelling house during(?) I also ordain & appoint Lawrence Mackay as my executor to this my last will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight. - James Gould. - (LS)
Signed. Sealed published and pronounced and declared by the said James Gould as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses John Casey     Charles Hamilton

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
June 23/13
Adm. C.t.a.
June 27/13
to Michael
Geo. Oates
John Rea.
at $500.00



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 July 11, 2002

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