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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Janes Senior


Will of John Janes Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 247 & 248 probate year 1837

In re
     John Janes Senior       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Janes Senior of Broad Cove Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter being of sound mind & memory hereby revoking and disannulling all former wills and testaments by me either really or pretendedly made and do make my last will & testament in manner & form following, viz-
First I give to Ann my beloved wife all my land consisting of gardens fishing room right of stage room flakes &c. to be hers during her natural life provided she remains a widow with the exception of the spot I have already given to my son George for a house & garden and also room enough for a house and one half the cabbage garden for my son William.
Secondly. I give unto my two sons George and William on the event of either my wife's marriage or decease the whole of my room as above described to be equally divided between them on condition that each and both of them shall keep the whole in a complete state of repair from year to year as long as they shall possess it, and on the further condition that they give unto my dear wife a good & comfortable support should she become unable to provide that support for herself.
Thirdly. I hereby appoint Edward Janes and John Legroe of Simon to be executors of this my last will & testament Signed sealed and delivered at Broad Cove this twelvth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty six. John Janes his mk X (LS) In the presence of William Faulkner.   Moses Butt Senr his mk X.

Codicil. That my dwelling house be not included among the items specified in the above will being entirely at the disposal of my dear wife Ann Janes.   William Faulkner.   Moses Butt Sr. mk. X.

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 (March 10, 2003)

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