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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Jefford


Will of William Jefford
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 413 & 414 probate year 1920

In re William Jefford       deceased

In the name of God, Amen. I, William Jefford of Long Pond in the Electoral District of Harbor Main in the Dominion of Newfoundland, Farmer, being in perfect health of Body and of perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.

  • First. I give and bequeath to my grandson William son of my son Robert three rooms in my dwelling house in the front of the house.
  • Second. I give and bequeath to my son Robert the remainder of the rooms in the said dwelling house. My goods and chattels are to be divided between my son Robert and his son William.
  • Third. I give and bequeath to my son Robert my Stable, Cellar and kitchen garden. The land that all the above erections are on and the kitchen garden is situated on the Northside of the Main Road leading to Holyrood. The said land I give and bequeath to my son Robert and is bound on the South by the Main Road, North by the Pond, West by my own land and East by the path leading to the Pond.
  • Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son Robert that piece of cultivated land West of my dwelling house and kitchen garden, bound on the South by the Main Road, North by Pond, West by Frederick Jefford and East by my land the kitchen garden and dwelling house are on.
  • Fifth. I give and bequeath to my son Robert that piece of cleared land situated on the South of the Main Road and bound as follows North by the Main Road, South by the railtrack, East by Joseph Porter and West by Eleazer Jefford.
  • Sixth. I give and bequeath to my son Robert that piece of partly cleared land situated in Long Pond about a mile South of the Main Road and bound on the The East by the main brook river, West by Crown land, North by Crown land and South by Crown land.
  • Seventh. I give and bequeath to my son Robert all my agricultural implements and loose gear about the place. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul (any?) and every other former Testaments, Wills and Bequests by me in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 19th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen. William his X mark Jefford. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said William Jefford as his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. John Forsey. Constable. Francis F. Furneaux. Commissioner of the Supreme Court.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan. 12/20
Kent J.
adm C.T.A
granted to
Robert Jefford
Jan. 13/20.
Estate sworn
at $880.00



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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

Revised: November 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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