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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Landers



Will of John Landers
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 pages 3 & 4 probate years 1826-1830

In re John Landers       deceased

In the name of God Amen, I John Landers of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer but formerly of Lismore in the County of Waterford Ireland being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, I do hereby make this my last will and testament revoking & annulling all others I may have previously made, and do dispose of my worldly goods and property in the following manner, I desire that my body may be decently interr'd and all my lawful debts paid. I give and bequeath all my personal wearing apparel together with my watch to my brother Maurice now residing in the neighborhood of Lismore, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all the property I am possess'd of together with any interest I may have in the farm I now possess, and as it appears that she is now in a state of pregnancy if she should die in giving birth to the child, or children, or otherwise that she should again marry in this country after my decease & that the child or children should survive her, in that case the property &c (sic) to be given in trust to my executors for the use and behoof of the child or children, and in the event of the child or children being stillborn or dying afterwards, and of her marrying in this country as already stated, then it revert to my beloved brother Maurice, but if she should survive giving birth to the child or children she appears to be now pregnant of she is under all circumstances to have a child's share, I give and bequeath the sum of five pounds [to be deducted from my former bequests] to the Revd. Mr. Fleming for purposes stated to him in presence of the writer, I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Mary, and Patrick Shelly my soul executrix and executor. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the second day of December 1826 in presence of. John X Landers [LS] Anthy M. Fleming. John Casey. Bryan Feeney.

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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 26, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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