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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Henry Hawkins
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 20-21 probate
Henry Hawkins deceased
I Henry Hawkins of St. John’s Newfoundland
late Sergeant in the Royal Newfoundland Companies being of sound mind thus
publish and declare my last will and testament Revoking and annulling all former
dispositions of my property I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Mary
Emily Cook wife of James Cook all the right title and term of years to come and unexpired
in the dwelling house and land called “Woodbine Cottage” in St.
together with all my household furniture and other effects to her sole and
separate use free from all control debts and encumbrances of her husband It
is my will and desire that my grandaughter shall have one or more Masses offered
for the repose of my soul and that of my late wife and this request I entrust
her to carry out most religiously. I appoint my young friend Mr. George
R. Lilly as executor of this my last will and testament. Dated this fourteenth
day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy six. H.
Signed acknowledged and declared by the said Henry Hawkins as and for his last
will and testament in the presence of us who being present at the same time
in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto
subscribed our names as witnesses, Robt. R. W. Lilly. Fred R. Lilly. Frank
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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