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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
David Lewis



Will of David Lewis
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 364 & 365 probate year 1904

The last will and Codicil of David Lewis late of Botwoodville Merchant deceased

This is the last will and testament of me David Lewis of Botwoodville in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant I appoint Jacob T. Bendle of Botwoodville in the Island aforesaid sole executor of this my last will and testament.
I give devise and bequeath unto hereto my children namely Hallett Nelson, Howard Alister, Seretta wife of William Tupper and Sariah(?) wife of George Beaton all my moneys property goods chattels and effects and generally all my estate of whatsoever kind or nature and wheresoever situate of which I may die possessed share and share alike
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at St. John's in the Island aforesaid this 17th day of March A.D. 1904     David Lewis
Signed by the said testator as his last will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses    Bessie Ellis    A.L.C. Berteau.

This is a codicil to my (David Lewis) of Botwoodville Nf last will and testament made in the month of March last and executed by me at the General Hospital St. John's in the presence of A.L.C. Berteau solicitor and Bessie Ellis Nurse the subscribing witnesses thereto.
It is my wish and will that over and above the share of my estate to which my son Howard would under my said will be entitled to he shall take and hold as his individual right and property free from any division whatsoever the land upon which his house is built and which is bounded, as near as I can now remember as follows: - On the eastern side by land in the occupancy of one James Squires on the northern and western sides by land in the occupancy of one George Seabright and on the southern side by a public road the same being fenced on all sides with the exception of the side which which is bounded by land of the said George Seabright. In all other respects I confirm my said will
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at St. John's aforesaid this 29th day of April 1904. David Lewis
Signed by the testator as and for a codicil to his last will in our presence present at the same time at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Bessie Ellis    A.L.C. Berteau

I certify the foregoing to be correct copy of the last will and codicil of David Lewis
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
June 3, 1904
Horwood C. J.
Letters of Probate
Granted on the 4th day of June
1904 to Jacob
T. Bendle
Estate sworn



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, Wendy Weller and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 3, 2002

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