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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John F. LeDrew


Will of John Franklin LeDrew
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 229 & 230 probate year 1918

In re John F. LeDrew       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me John F. LeDrew, of Change Islands, Nfld. Seaman, hereby revoking all wills testaments or codicils by me at any time heretofore made revoking all wills, testaments or codicils by me at any time heretofore made (I presume the repetition is an error on the part of the court clerk) I devise and bequeath all my Estate, real and personal to my executors and trustees hereinafter named in trust for the purposes following:- Firstly to pay my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and thereafter, in trust, to dispose of and pay over or convey the same to the person or persons or corporations hereinafter named as follows:-

  1. to convey to my brothers Lewis and Robert my real estate. Being that piece of land known as lot seventeen [17] of block five [5] North Range Two [2] west map 1943, in the District of New Westminster. And that piece of land known as and being lot twenty-three [23] of block sixteen [16] of subdivision of part of section forty-eight [48] Victoria City, map 835 together with five hundred [500] dollars for their sole use and benefit.
  2. and the balance of what money may be left I give to my father John G. LeDrew and in the event of his death to go to the support of his widow. All the rest and residue of my Estate I devise and bequeath to I nominate, constitute and appoint Egdar Latehouse Carpenter of Victoria, A.L. Kingee(?) Of Victoria, Carpenter executors and trustees of this my last will, and trustees of this my last will, (again I presume the repetition to be an error of the court clerk) with full power and authority to sell and dispose of all my Estate where necessary and execute any and all documents requisite to carry out this my will, and should one or more of my said executors or trustees wish to retire I authorize them to appoint a successor instead thereof.

In witness whereof I subscribed these present as printed and written this [April] 4th day of April A. D. 1916. John Franklin LeDrew. Signed published and declared by the said Testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witness.
Witness Charles Axhorn address 1427 Pembroke St., Victoria, B.C.
Witness, Maud Axhorn address 1427 Pembroke St, Victoria B.C.

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
October 12/18
Kent J.
adm c.t.a.
Nov. 11/18
granted to
John G. Le
Robt H. LeDrew
Lewis LeDrew
sworn at



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 10, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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