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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Philip Holmes



Will of Philip Holmes
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 22 probate years 1827-1830

In re Philip Holmes       deceased

In the name of God Amen. I Philip Holmes being sick & weak in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament --

  • First I commend my soul to God who gave it & my body to be buried in a Christian manner according to the direction of my executors
  • Secondly I give a bequeath to Elizabeth my well beloved wife all my property that is to say my fishing room & plantation with all & every my goods and chattels of what nature & kind soever to be fully possessed & enjoyed by him in as ample a manner as I have possessed them, during her natural life
  • Thirdly after her death, John Hudson whom I have brought up from a child shall possess and enjoy one half of the fishing room & plantation aforesaid that is to say the northern half dividing from the water side in a straight line to the westward and also the half of the potatoe grarden I have in the woods to the westward of my plantation. He is also to have at my death. My gun and feather bed and beding with all my wearing apparel.
  • Lastly Elizabeth my loving wife shall have at her own disposal the southern half of my fishing room & plantation with all my goods & chattels as aforesaid with the exception of what I have bequeathed to John Hudson aforesaid And I hereby appoint Elizabeth my beloved wife and Mathew Hudson of Blackhead to be the executors of this my last will & testament and I do hereby revoke all former wills Legacies and bequeaths by me in any wise before named confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this first day of June one thousand eight hundred & twenty six 1826. Philip his X mark Holmes. Witness present William Ellis.   Clement Hudson.   Hugh his X mark Hudson.

Certified Correct
D. M. Browning



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.

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Revised: December 8, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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