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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Harris


Will of John Harris
from Newfoundland will books volume 13 page 465 probate year 1926

In re

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Harris of Humbermouth. Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, made this Sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and twenty six.

I hereby revoke all wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint John Stewart and Florence Ash Executor and Executrix and direct that all my funeral expenses and debts if any be paid and a headstone purchased to mark my resting place as soon after as conveniently may be after my decease.

I give and bequeath to my daughters Florence Ash the sum of One Hundred dollars to my daughter Olive Martin One Hundred dollars to my daughter Louisa Grillam One Hundred dollars. To my three youngest daughters Janet Harris, Ursula Harris & Doreen Harris I give and bequeath the balance of cash still remaining together with dwelling house furniture Barn and Store also horse, Sleigh Slide and all movable effects with and outside of dwelling house which shall be sold and the proceeds equally divided between my three youngest daughters afore named.

I give and bequeath to my six daughters Florence Ash, Olive Martin, Louisa Grillam, Janet Harris, Ursula Harris and Doreen Harris an equal share of all land in my possession at the time of my death each taking the portion to them allotted by my Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament. I also direct that should either of my three youngest daughters die before they become of age that her portion be equally divided between the other two youngest daughters.


Signed by the said Testator John Harris in presence of us, present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Wm Garland J. P. Collector H. M. Customs.
J. M. Noel Merchant Humbermouth.

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept 8/26
Warren J.
Probate granted
to John Stewart
& Florence
Oct 26/26
Estate sworn
at $4867.15

Notes received from Geoff Martin, Calgary

John Harris was originally from Carbonear. First wife was Leah Penney who died in 1906

United Church Cemetery
Humber Road, Corner Brook

Leah Harris     December 3, 1906      Age 35

Second wife Rachel J Robertson died 1923

United Church Cemetery
Humber Road, Corner Brook

Rachel Robertson      January 14, 1923      age 35      wife of John

NL GenWeb Census Data
West Coast ~ 1921 Census
Bay of Islands District - Humbermouth
HARRIS; John M Head Married 1867 Oct 54 Carbonear
HARRIS; Rachel F Wife " 1887 Jun 35 Corner Brook
HARRIS; Louisa F Dau Single 1903 Aug 18 Humbermouth
HARRIS; Jeanette F " " 1907 Dec 15 "
HARRIS; Urusula F " " 1912 Feb 9 "

Louisa Harris married Walter E. GILLAM

Mt. Patricia Cemetery
Bay St. George's District


Aug.25, 1903
Sept.3, 1964

Walter E.

Jan.24, 1898
Sept.13, 1986

Olive (Olivia) Harris married Ernest A Martin, my great uncle, son of Frederick and Elizabeth Martin

Florence Harris married William H Ash from Carbonear

Janet P Harris never married

United Church Cemetery
Humber Road, Corner Brook

Janet P. Harris      December 15, 1906      October 17, 1963

Ursula Harris married George Gill

Son George William Harris is not mentioned as he died in 1916

Details and resting places of men of the Newfoundland Regiment who died on 1st July 1916


1321 Pte HARRIS, George William
age 24
Son of John Harris of Humbermouth
buried at Memorial Park

Daughter Lydia Jane Harris is not mentioned as she died 1911

United Church Cemetery
Humber Road, Corner Brook

Lydia Jane Harris      June 6, 1911 - August 17, 1911

Lydia Jane and Ursula children with second wife. Still looking for Doreen (mentioned in will) - It was thought that the name might have been Lorraine but thanks to Bernice Pieda, we now know that it was her mother, Doreen.



Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Notes provided by Geoff Martin, Calgary

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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