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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Lewis Senr


Will of John Lewis Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 7 & 8 probate year 1850.

In re
     John Lewis Senr       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Lewis Senr of Holyrood Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, being very weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and as relating to the property which I now possess I dispose of it in manner and form, namely,
First I leave and bequeath to my daughter in law Mary Lewis relict of my son James Lewis my fishing room, plantation, dwelling house, furniture, and all erections thereon, as hitherto holden by my said son James Lewis during the period of her natural life after which or in the event of her marrying again the aforesaid property is to revert to my son William his heirs or assigns for ever excepting the furniture which is to be the exclusive property of the aforesaid Mary for ever.
Also I leave and bequeth to my son William his heirs and assigns for ever my dwelling house and all articles of furniture belonging to me, conditionally that my wife Elizabeth be suffered to dwell and keep possession of it and all appurtenances belonging thereto during her natural life, he the said William maintaining and decently clothing her during her life; and should he the said William at any future time wish to build a fishing stage on any part of the beach already unoccupied my will is that he may have full liberty so to do without hindrance from any party And I nominate ordain and constitute my aforesaid son William as my sole executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my seal the thirty first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine. John X Lewis Senr (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator, as and for his last will and testament in our presence, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Henry Westerman,   Patrick Beeson,   John Lewis.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 16, 2002)

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