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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph R. Hopkins


Will of Joseph R. Hopkins
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 516 probate year 1905

Hopkins Joseph R.       Last will of.

This is the last will and testament of me Joseph R. Hopkins of Hearts Content.

First I devise and bequeath to my wife Laura Isabel Hopkins the policy in the Independent Order of Foresters on my life for her to use according to her discretion for her own and my child Leslie's support

Second I devise and bequeath to my wife Laura Isabel Hopkins and my sister Jessie H. Hopkins the proceeds of my policy in the New York Mutual Insurance Co. in trust to use for the support of my son Robert Nelson Hopkins and my daughter Barbara Hopkins and I hereby authorize them to pay out of the proceeds of said policy to Me per M.A. Rabbitts and William Hentaford any money they may have paid for me on account of said policy.

Third I direct that the expenditure and application of proceeds mentioned in the second paragraph of this will is wholly discretion with the parties therein named and they will not be liable for any error of judgment but only for wilful default or malfeasance in the expenditure of said proceeds.

Fourth I devise and bequeath to my son Robert Nelson Hopkins my watch and chain and my album.

Fifth I devise and bequeath to my daughter Barbara Hopkins my ring her mothers picture also bed and bedding.

Sixth I devise and bequeath to my son Leslie Oldford Hopkins my dictionary (four volumes)

Seventh I devise and bequeath to my sister Jessie H. Hopkins my mothers picture.

Eight I appoint my brothers William A. Hopkins and Alfred S. Hopkins as executors to this my last will and testament.

Witness my hand at Hearts Content this 29th day of June AD. One thousand nine hundred and five Joseph R. Hopkins.
Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence and who in his presence and the presence of each other all present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. A. R. Martin     S.S. Stantaford.    Witness.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Joseph R. Hopkins
D.M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Sept 30/05
Emerson J.
Probate to
Wm. A. Hopkins
Alfred S. Hopkins
Oct 12/05
Estate $13000.00(?)



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 22, 2002

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