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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
George Humphries


Will of George Humphries
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 476-477 probate year 1889
(The will index gives the probate year, for this will, as 1889, but it is filed chronologically with wills from 1886.)

In re
      George Humphries deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I George Humphries of Catalina in the district of Trinity east being in poor health but of sound mind and memory do now make my last will and testament    I will and bequeath to my son James Humphries the ground that he now occupies on the right hand side of the main road facing north east also a piece of clear land in the potato gardens that he now occupies this year for ever    I will and bequeath to my son John Humphries a piece of clear land in the potato garden facing the piece that James occupies in the lower range the piece is the same size as James occupies in the potato garden for ever    I will and bequeath to my two sons William and Edward Humphries all the rest of my land property both of these sons to have and equal share each for ever    I will and bequeath to my sons James Humphries William Humphries & Edward Humphries all my waterside property and to have it equally divided among them after my death the are to have the property for ever    I will and bequeath to my son Edward Humphries my dwelling house for ever after William gets a house of his own but William is to live in the house and have the same control as Edward whilst living there but Edward is the lawful owner of the house after William goes to live in his own house also Edward is to have all the furniture that is in the dwelling house
The aforesaid is conditionally that the above mentioned parties is to keep up the room and fences and none of my children is to take charge of anything that is on the room or property untill my disease and no part of my property that is bequeated to my sons is ever to go out of the family no person is to have any claim on my property without it is an Humphries    If any of my sons should ever think of selling their part of the property it is to be sold to one of their brothers or any of them the property is never to go out of the Humphries name     My three sons James Humphries William Humphries and Edward Humphries is to assist one another to keep the fishing room in repair    Any of my three sons James William and Edward failing to keep up the room and fences around the land the same will have no claim on the above land their portion will be emerged in the other lots none of my daughters is to have any claim on my property after my disease    Signed by George Humphries testator in our presence and we in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribe our names to witness    I also appoint Patrick Murphy to be executor to my last will and testament    This will not to be read untill thirty days after my death Dated at Catalina February 1st in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine.    George his X mark Humphries.    Witness, George Humphries,     John Murphy.

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 or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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