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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Groves


Will of James Groves
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 504 & 505 probate year 1905

Groves James.       Last will of.

This is the last will and testament of me James Groves, Merchant of Bonavista, in the District of Bonavista, Newfoundland. I will and bequeath to my wife, and son Selby, my horse, cow, carriage, sleigh, carts stable, outhouses and the house I now live in with all the land they occupy & the land surrounding the same if owned by me; also the furniture (with the exception hereafter noted); also the shop and land connected therewith, also meadow ground, and potato ground to my wife and son Selby. I bequeath to them also the under part of the fish store also including the land.
To my son Alexander I bequeath the upper part of the fish store, the salt store, the stage and waterside premises, including the upper flake and the ground on which it stands, provided that my wife and son Selby, and daughter Mary Jane, have the use of fish flake, if necessary as long as they carry on business. I also bequeath to my son Alexander a piece of the marsh land, and that little piece of meadow ground adjoining his own land and now used for grazing the horse occasionally. I also bequeath to him my gold watch chain with the bar attached, and also the weather glass. The lower flake I bequeath to my sons Selby and Alexander to be equally divided between them including the land. To my daughter, Mary Jane, I bequeath as follows viz, the upper house, situated near the marsh, also the cellar, and piece of meadow ground in front of said house, and if my wife wishes she can give to Mary Jane a part of the potato garden near said house; I also bequeath to my daughter all the contents of the bedroom now occupied by her, and also the organ. My daughter, Mary Jane, can carry on the shop as long as she likes or as long as she remains single, the stock being for the use of my wife & son Selby; and my daughters Mary Jane and Gertrude. If they choose they can sell out the stock, and divide the proceeds equally among them. I also bequeath to my son Alexander $100.00 cash and $100.00 cash to my daughter Rebecca, and the remainder of my money to my wife, Mary Jane, Gertrude and Selby I further bequeath to my son Selby my gold watch with the gold chain attached. It is further provided that in the event of my wife marrying again she shall forfeit her claim.
Given under my hand this 12th day of May 1905 at Bonavista. James Groves his X mark (LS)
Signed in our presence and in the presence of each other. John F. Newman (LS) Sarah Newman (LS) witness John F. Newman (LS)

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of James Groves.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
July 29/05
Ch. J.
Admin cta.
To Henrietta
Groves, & Alex Groves
8 Aug. 1905
J(?) B. Ayre
Wm. Sam(?)
Estate $4500



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 May 22, 2002

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