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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Robert Howell


Will of Robert Howell Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 115 & 116 probate year 1831.

In re
     Robert Howell       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Robert Howell Senr of Carbonear Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being thro' the abundant mercy and goodness of God thro' weak in body yet of a sound mind and memory do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all and such my worldly property I give and bequeath as follows
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Snook the spot of ground on which her husband John Snook is now building a house on to be hers and long as she lives (if not altering her name) in case of either it is to fall to my lawfull wife Ann Howell.
Item. I give and bequeath to my lawfull wife Ann Howell the house which I now live in with the adjoining gardens medows and waste ground which now belongs to me with all other property I now possesses to be hers as long as she lives, then to be disposed of to my four sons by her the said Ann Howell just as she may think fit.
I do hereby also constitute and appoint William Willis Bemister and Simon Levi both of England but now residing in Carbonear my true and lawfull executors desiring them to have this my last will and testament fully executed according to my desire
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in Carbonear aforesaid this seventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three. Robert my X mark Howell Senr.   Witnesses Edward Smith Bemister    John Searle.   Simon Levi.

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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 28, 2002)

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