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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Keddle


Will of John Keddle
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 332 probate year 1840.

In re
     John Keddle      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Keddle of Little Bay Newfoundland (native of Charlton, Musgrove, Somerset, England) being poorly in health and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling into mind the mortality of my body, knowing that 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 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 devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
First I give and bequeath to Philip Keddle, John Keddle and Hannah Keddle my beloved sons & daughter, three fourths of the money I am worth at my wife's decease to be equally divided between them. Also, I give and bequeath to Charlotte Keddle, Elizabeth Keddle and Harriet Keddle, my beloved daughters, the remaining fourth to be equally divided between them, together with all my premises, household goods, cattle and other effects. Also I constitute make and ordain my well beloved wife Mary Keddle the sole executrix of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways 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 25th day of Novr in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three. John Kiddel (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Keddle 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. John Wakely.    Edwd LeGros.   Jno. Chapman.

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 (October 30, 2002)

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