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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John James


Will of John James
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 395 probate year 1842

In re
     John James       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. The 4th day of March one thousand eight hundred and forty one. I John James of Wimbourne in England being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors (David James and Mary James) nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form; First I give and bequeath to Mary my dearly and beloved wife my house and household goods for her widowhood if she survives me in care and trust for our son William Henry James who I now constitute and make my heir for ever under the proviso that it never shall be sold or let out of the family name of James. Secondly I give and bequeath what money I have in England if any at the time of my decease half to my wife and child and half to my mother if living, if not my wife shall have it and must erect over my tomb a head stone with the following Inscription: Sacred to the memory of John James a native of Wimbourne in Dorsetshire who departed this life the 4th day of September 1841 aged 42 years. Beneath this stone there lies a man Let those say he was honest that can. John James. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of David James,     Humphrey Logan.

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 (April 14, 2003)

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