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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Hearn


Will of James Hearn
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 187-188 probate year 1855

In re
     James Hearn      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I James Hearn of Brigus Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland doth make and publish this as my last will and testament, I give leave and bequeath unto my loving wife Alice Hearn all my property of whatever kind soever, real, personal or freehold, with which it has pleased God to bless me to have, possess and enjoy the same during her natural life in all manner and form the same as she did during my lifetime and at her death I will and bequeath the same property and all and every part thereof unto my eldest son John Hearn during his natural life, should it happen that my said son John Hearn shall marry and have lawful issue the property will descend to such issue but if he should happen to die without issue in that case it is my will and desire that my other two sons Patrick Hearn and Thomas Hearn shall have my property share and share alike to be equally divided between them for the use and benefit of themselves and their lawful heirs for ever And I so desire will and wish it to be strictly observed that my said son John Hearn shall not have power title or authority to sell mortgage or otherwise dispose of any part or parcel of the property of which he shall become possessed at the time of my said wife's death but that he shall keep the same in good working order in the same manner as was done during my lifetime for his sole support use and benefit. I do hereby nominate and appoint and name the Very Revd Dean Mackin and Richard Mandeville to be my executors to this my last will and testament which I sign and seal this twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five (1855)     Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us, who in presence of each other saw the said testator sign and acknowledge this to be his last will and testament.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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