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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Nathaniel Hill


Will of Nathaniel Hill
from Newfoundland will books volume 5 pages 654 probate year 1892


WILL OF NATHANIEL HILL- Petition for Probate


The Honorable Sir F.B.I.Carter R.C.M.G. Chief Justice of the Honorable The Supreme Court of Newfoundland or to one of the Honorable The Judges thereof.

              The Petition of Mary Clift Hill of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, spinster.

Humbly Sheweth     

          That your Petitioners brother Nathaniel Hill late of St. John's aforesaid Cooper deceased died at that place on or about the Eighteenth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight.

          That the said Nathaniel Hill was at the time of his death possessed of money property and Effects within the jurisdiction of Your Honorable Court of the probable value of Two thousand Dollars.

          That the paper writing hereto attached Marked A is the last Will and testament of of (sic) the Said Nathaniel Hill deceased and which said will has been proven in due form by the affidavit of John Maker of St. John 's Notary public one of the subscribing witnesses thereto.

          That under the said Will Your

(goes to page two here)

Petitioner and John C. Hill were appointed Executors.

          That the said John C. Hill has renounced his Executorship under the sqid Will as will appear by the paper writing hereto annexed marked B

          That no Probate or Administration has as yet been granted to said Estate

          Your Petitioner therefore prays that Probate to the said Will may be granted to her

          And as in duty bound She will Ever pray
Dated at St. John's this 30th day of June AD 1892

Mary Clift Hill

(this note on adjoining page)

In the Supreme Court   
of Newfoundland     

St. John's
to wit.

I Mary Clift Hill of St. John's aforesaid spinster make oath and say as follows:

  1. That I am the Petitioner named in the within written Petition
  2. That the Contents of the said Petition are to the best of my knowledge and belief Correct and true

Mary Clift Hill

Sworn before me at St. John 's aforesaid this 30th day of June AD 1892

Geo.I Adams
Comm. Of C.


WILL OF NATHANIEL HILL- Affidavit of Executrix -

(front of folded affidavit reads something like this:

" ...(unreadable) to: Mary Clift Hill .... where one of (Two) Executors named in (this) Will, the other Executor having duly renounced" .... and further below (Estate) sworn under $2,200.00
Dated 30th Sept. A.D.1892

In the Supreme Court


You shall swear that you believe this to be the true last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Hill late of St John's In the Central District, Cooper, deceased

          You shall swear that you will pay all the Debts and Leasehold of the deceased, so far as the Goods shall extend and the Law shall bind you: and that you will (UNREADABLE) and perfect Inventory of all and every the Goods, Rights and Credits of the deceased (UNREADABLE) and true account, into the Registry of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, when you (UNREADABLE) thereto; And you shall further swear that the whole of the Goods, rights, Chattels, (UNREADABLE) of the said Nathaniel Hill deceased and of which (UNREADABLE) according to the best of your knowledge, judgment and (UNREADABLE) to the value of two thousand two hundred Dollars.

Mary Clift Hill

SWORN before me at St. John's
This 30th day of June A.D., 1892

Geo. I Adams
Commissioner of Affidavits, Supreme Court


After three days from the date herein application will be made to one of the Honorable The Judges of the Supreme Court for Probate to the Will of Nathaniel Hill late of St. John's Cooper deceased to be granted to Mary Clift Hill Sister of said deceased and John Hill - both of St. John's Executors under said Will.

Dated at St. John's this 18th day of June AD 1892

Geo I A
J.A. Clift
A.C of C

Solicitor for Executors
(encircled sic)

(reverse side of notice)


I hereby certify that the notice on the other side hereof written has been posted in my office from the date thereof to the present and that no Caveat or other objection has been Entered thereto.
dated at St. John's this 30th day of June 1892

Geo. I Adams
A.C. of C.


WILL OF NATHANIEL HILL - Witness Attestation

Supreme Court of Newfoundland
St. John's

To Wit:

I John Maker of St. John's aforesaid Surveyor Notary Public Make oath and say that on the Seventh day of June A.D. One Thousand eight Hundred and Eighty-two at St. John's ___________ I was present and did see Nathaniel Hill late of St John's aforesaid Cooper the Testator named in the paper writing hereunto annexed, duly sign, publish and declare the said annexed paper writing, marked A as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of me and of Michael Power of St. John's Cooper ___________________________________________ the other subscribing witnesses thereto. That I and said Michael Power ________________________________ then and there signed our names to such Will as such witnesses, in presence of the said Testat(sic) and of each other, and that at the time of the said execution of the said Will the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of my knowledge and belief.

John Maker

Sworn before me, at St. John's aforesaid, this twenty-fifth day of June _______ A.D. One Thousand Eight hundred and ninety-two _______

Geo. I. Adams
Commissioner of Affidavits.




The Last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Hill of St. John's Cooper. Revoking all other Wills, and Testaments, and after payment of all my just Debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath to my Sister Mary Clift Hill all and singular my Estate and effects including Debentures Leasehold Property, household furniture, Cooperage and Cooper tools and implements and all my stock in trade and personal effects whatsoever, to dispose of the same as she may think fit and proper. I appoint My Said Sister Mary Clift Hill Executrix and My Brother John Hill Executor of this My last Will and Testament.

          In Witness whereof I have to these presents Set My hand the Seventh Day of June AD Eighteen hundred and Eighty-two. (1882)

Signed published and declared as and for the last Will and Testament of the said Nathaniel Hill in presence of us who in presence of each other and of the said Testator, have Subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto.

Michael Power           Nathaniel Hill
John Maker

Notary Public




In the Supreme Court

In the matter of the last will and Testament of Nathaniel Hill late of St. John 's Cooper

St. John's
to wit:           I, John C. Hill, of St. John's aforesaid Lumber Surveyor make oath and say as follows:

  1. That I was appointed one of the Executors under the last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Hill late of St. John's aforesaid Cooper deceased
  2. That I've not interferred (sic) or intermeddled in any way (for) with the matters of the said Estate
  3. That I hereby renounce my Executorship of the said Estate under said Will.

John C. Hill

Sworn before me at St. John's aforesaid this 25th day of June AD 1892

Geo. I. Adams
Comm. Of C.(sic)



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