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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Ledrow
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 240 & 241 probate year 1836
John Ledrow deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I John Ledrow of Cupids in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
In the first place I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth all the money that I possess; also the dwelling house which I occupy in Cupids with the household furniture thereunto belonging; together with the whole of the Room and plantation which I now live on; the whole of the aforesaid property at the decease of my wife to become my son Charles's.
Secondly I give and bequeath the schooner Venus to my four beloved sons William, John, Solomon and Moses Ledrow, and equal share to each, with all and singular the appurtenances of the aforesaid schooner.
Thirdly I give and bequeath the Room on the south side of Cupids near the Chapel to be divided equally between my sons William, John and Solomon, one third to each.
Fourthly I give and bequeath the Room on the North side of Cupids to my son Moses, my daughter Maria should she return to this country is to have sufficient ground to build a house on the aforesaid Room outside the fence which now stands.
Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my two sons in law William and Alfred Smith all the property now in their possession, and further I give and bequeath unto them thirty feet of ground east and west by the waterside (no father back than than the public Road running through the Room now occupied by me) for the purpose of building a store on.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Anne sufficient ground to build a house on the upper part of the Room near the Chapel should she require it.
I do hereby further ordain that after the decease of my wife my daughters are to have ten pounds each out of the money bequeathed to her, the remainder of it to be divided equally amongst all my sons. My watch at the decease of my wife to be given to my son John should he be living. The whole of my household furniture at the decease of my wife is to be divided equally amongst my children. I give and bequeath unto William and Alfred Smith the garden at the foot of the pond to be divided equally between them. And lastly I do hereby appoint William Keating Ledrow and John Ledrow my sons executors of this my last will and testament to see the same carried into effect.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six. John his x mark Ledrow (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered by the said John Ledrow as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses. Saml W. Cozens. Francis Campion.
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 (March 10, 2003)
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