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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Ellen Layman



Will of Ellen Layman
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 397 & 398 probate year 1904

The last will of Ellen Layman late of Fogo Spinster deceased.

Newfoundland Northern District Fogo to wit In the name of God Amen I Ellen Layman single woman of Fogo in the northern district of Newfoundland being through the Goodness of Almighty God of sound mind and memory but being aware of the uncertainty of human life do make publish and declare this my last will and Testament cancelling and revoking any other will or Testament hitherto made by me. viz: -

  • First I give and bequeath my soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be buried after a decent Christian manner in the Roman Catholic Cemetery Fogo with a suitable Head Stone to my grave to be erected by my executor.
  • Second with respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner viz
  • Third I give and bequeath to my beloved Aunt Johanna Pickett all moneys standing to my credit in the Saint John's Newfoundland Savings Bank as well as all other money I now hold in my possession at the time of my death for her sole use and benefit while she remains alive.
  • Fourth after her death the said balance of any money due in my name to belong to my brother Richard Layman for his sole use & benefit. I do also constitute and appoint my brother Richard Layman of Fogo to be the executor of this my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of January one thousand nine hundred and four. Ellen Layman (LS) signed sealed acknowledge Published and declared by the Testatrix to be her last will and Testament after having been first read over and being fully understood in the presence of Ambrose J. Fitzgerald (LS) & M.E. Fitzgerald (LS) Dated at Fogo Jany 12. 1904. (Ls)

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Ellen Layman.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Nov 28 1904
Johnson J.
Probate granted
on the 28th day
of November
A.D. 1904 to
$1130.00 (This might be $11300.00 or $430.00)



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and transcribed by Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 19, 2002

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